It’s time to dump the data dump

Our high-stakes accountability system has weaponised school data to such an extent that its core purpose – to improve children’s learning opportunities – is often suffocated by league tables, inspection, competition, comparisons, judgements, labels, blame, workload, stress, burnout. None of these are reasons I, nor I suspect anyone else, became a teacher.  None are why […]

School data – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

School data on a laptop screen

Wow, this was an energising session on school data! A huge thank you to Jeni Dellman, Primary Headteacher at the British School of Muscat, and Matthew Savage (the Mona Lisa Effect) for joining me for this fireside chat today, discussing the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of school data, as part of our series […]

Learning Ladders Launches a GL Assessment Data Dashboard

The GL Data Dashboard Launch Many schools use GL diagnostic and formative assessments to help them identify school-wide trends and for monitoring the progress of individual students and cohorts. Our latest feature will enable schools to visualise GL assessment data in our new pre-built data dashboards. This GL Assessment dashboard allows you to import and […]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – the “why” of student-level data

Matthew Savage

Matthew Savage, former Principal and creator of ‘The Mona Lisa Effect’ takes a look at how schools use data. “The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.” (T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral) I love data; I really do. I believe that data is beautiful and exciting […]

Using Process Data in Schools to Improve Outcomes

Teachers making notes from data.

How Do You Use Data in Schools? Data skills don’t come naturally to everyone. Knowing how to use data effectively can be difficult to master, and on top of that, turning raw figures into concise, readable reports is a skill in itself. In the education system, working with data can be unavoidable, as it often […]