How well are the All-Wales Core Data Sets used to inform self-evaluation and planning for improvement? - June 2012


The report is intended mainly for staff in schools and local authorities. The report may also be useful to inform the further development of the core data sets, accompanying guidance and governor training. The newly-formed consortia should also consider the best practice highlighted in the report in planning how they will use the core data sets.
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Schools should:

  • use the core data sets to challenge themselves to do as well as the best practice identified in other similar schools, including those in their family of schools;
  • make more effective use of ‘modelled expected performance’ charts;
  • analyse the performance of pupils entitled to free school meals more thoroughly and base improvement strategies on the findings; and
  • make sure that governors understand fully the school’s performance data, including position in the family and the free-school-meal benchmark quarters, and that they play a key role in self-evaluation and planning for improvement.

Local authorities should:

  • ensure that the performance information and analyses that they provide to schools complement and do not duplicate the core data sets; and
  • train school leaders and governors to analyse the core data sets better and to use the findings to identify what needs to improve.

The Welsh Government should:

  • consider including data on non-core subjects in the key stage 4 data sets.