Earlier this year Ofsted announced that they will begin inspecting academy chains, meaning that now is a more important time than ever for multi-academy trusts to have a full, detailed understanding of the performance of all their schools. If you are a trustee, director, governor, or part of an executive management team, access to clear and timely performance data is crucial to your ability to monitor outcomes and pinpoint areas of underperformance. This in turn helps you to celebrate best practice where you find it, share it across your group, and intervene where schools are struggling. No single datapoint can capture every element of school group performance, but here are my top 10 measures by category to begin with.
Measure 1: Student Attendance
Behaviour As the DfE starts a review of the way that teachers manage low-level classroom disruption, academy chain leaders can support individual schools by closely monitoring behaviour measures.
Measure 2: Temporary (fixed period) exclusions per student
Measure 3: Permanent exclusions per student
Measure 4: Lunchtime exclusions per student
Measure 5: Incidents per student (broken down into incident levels ranging from most minor to most severe)
Measure 6: Sick days per teacher
Measure 9: Student rating (out of 10)
Measure 10: Parent’s evening attendance
Data on its own does not provide a definitive solution to managing school groups, but the ability to learn from it and act on it is increasingly important - not just for inspection purposes, but to drive student performance through impactful, evidence-based decision making. In my next post, I’ll be looking at the value of comparing school group performance against similar groups - watch this space!