Since March 2020, data in schools has been purely for internal planning for teaching and learning. With the lockdowns and varied attendance and engagement in home schooling across the country, it was not deemed appropriate to collect data nationally to compare schools when the children's wellbeing is priority, and catch up is required.
Our online data is the last data collected and reported nationally.
However, we have collected data internally since, using our own observations and assessments of the children, assessing independent working and using tools such as previous phonics screening tests, previous SATS in KS1 and KS2, and NFER tests we have in school.
We were an Early Adopter for the new Early Years Foundation Stage and have engaged in baseline and in our teacher assessment of the children, recording our assessments on our system in school.
Our data is added to our tracking system, Target Tracker for every year group. Data for Years 2, 6 and EYFS has been reported to the Local Authority in Summer 2021.
We use the analysis of the data to look at patterns and areas of strength and areas to develop as a school, year groups, particular groups, and individuals, essentially using the data to plan for lessons, intervention groups and catch up and Pupil Premium funding use.
We have been lucky to have fantastic engagement from parents and carers throughout lockdown with home schooling, and then with homework since returning fully. Many of our parents were key or critical workers, and many work demanding jobs from home, where juggling home schooling and working was perhaps the most challenging experience to date! All schools will therefore have learning to catch up on, with the many different circumstances in each home.
Our data and careful observation and care for the children ensures we are informed to plan as accurately as possible to close those gaps and indeed catch up, with the children's wellbeing at the heart.