School performance data: the basics
Performance data can be overwhelming at first glance, but most governors don't need to know too much detail to do a good job. Get started with our quick guide on what you do and don't need to know about data.
We'd also like to thank two of our associate governance experts, Brendan Hollyer and Ian Preston, for their help.
What you need to know about data
Your school's headline figures
All governors should know their school's headline numbers on:
- Pupil characteristics
- Pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and the pupil premium
- Pupil attainment and progress – for the school as a whole and any specific pupil groups that receive special focus
Know how to question the data
What's going well – e.g whether pupils are making higher than expected progress in a subject What to be concerned about – e.g. maybe pupils are performing