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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.

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 this article that covers the basics of performance data first.

How to prepare before the meeting

Review the data

You'll get copies of all the documents the governing board will review, before the meeting. 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 so that, even with minimal understanding of performance data, you can tell:

If these key points aren't easy to determine from the