Our take on Analyse School Performance (ASP)
As you’ve probably seen by now, the DfE launched a new, slimmed down service called Analyse School Performance (ASP) to replace RAISEonline in April. The new tool is intended to be a sister service to Compare School Performance (which helps you benchmark your school’s performance), and was designed to be a simpler and more straightforward service than RAISEonline. In theory, this sounds great - but what’s it actually like using ASP for meaningful performance analysis?
At first glance, ASP does seem easier to use and more useful than RAISEonline. It’s not flashy - but to get a quick overview of your data, ASP works well. The charts are clearer to read than in the old RAISEonline, and some less frequently used data (like confidence intervals) have been dropped, which makes it easier to digest your data at a high level.
But what about if you want to dig deeper into your performance? Below we show you how ASP can help your Senior Leadership team get an overview to ask the right questions - but how you’ll need to use other performance analysis tools like Arbor Insight to go one level deeper and help you answer them.
Using Arbor alongside ASP
As in the old RAISEonline, ASP shows users an overview of headline and key measures for your school. The problem is, seeing your performance at such a high level doesn’t help you truly understand why your school performed as it did.
For example, after seeing this chart on Attainment 8 in ASP, schools might wonder:
Services like Arbor can help you answer these questions. Our reports (like the example shown above) use trend data to help you see how your performance has changed over time, and we benchmark your school not just nationally and locally, but against similar schools and Outstanding schools too.
The DfE has also introduced scatter graphs in ASP. These graphs are helpful in that they allow schools to see individual students’ attainment on a key metric, and identify whether there are any trends with other measures. For example, the scatter graph below shows the correlation between KS2 prior attainment and KS4 Progress 8 score.
Again, whilst this graph is good at giving an overview, schools might need to look elsewhere to answer key questions this graph raises such as:
In Arbor we help schools answer these questions by using plain text call outs to explain how significant a trend is. We also benchmark different groups within your school against each other, and against national and local averages to help you see your performance in a more holistic context.
Use Arbor to give you the edge in discussions with Ofsted, and to provide context to your governors
Once RAISEonline ends on 31st July, Ofsted will use the same data as schools in Analyse School Performance (although Ofsted’s view will be anonymised). In some ways this is good for schools - it will be much easier to guess what Ofsted will be asking you about when it comes to discussing your data. However, using Arbor Insight reports, like the ones shown above, can give you an extra advantage when an inspector calls. Our reports can help you show things like:
Arbor Insight reports help you present the real story behind your data - sometimes this isn’t clear just from looking at your average headline measures for the current year. Once you understand the real picture you can have much more constructive conversations with stakeholders like Ofsted and your Governors to help you focus on your priority areas for the year ahead.