Questions to ask about your school's performance data

You don't need to be a data expert to use performance data effectively. Use our guide to learn how to prepare for and participate in data-driven meetings.

Last reviewed on 1 September 2022
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  1. How to prepare before the meeting
  2. Questions to ask the headteacher at the meeting
  3. Take deeper dives into more specific areas with our resources

Thanks to our associate expert Ian Preston for his assistance in writing this article.

If you're just getting to grips with performance data, you might want to read about the basics first.

How to prepare before the meeting

Review the data

Before the meeting, you'll receive copies of all the documents your board will review. This will probably include the headteacher's report. Use the opportunity to go over any performance data ahead of time.

Your headteacher should present the data in a way that’s clear and easy to understand. Even with minimal understanding of performance data, you should be able to tell:

If these key points aren't easy to determine, speak to your chair about having