It’s that time of year again. Along with the falling leaves, we all eagerly review our RAISEonline which is of course our data pack (sorry! information pack), indicating whether we need to look over our shoulder with some concern, or indeed welcome a visit from you know who. Perhaps it is no coincidence that its arrival is swiftly followed by Halloween.
This year will be quite nostalgic as it will be the last of its kind. The new assessment system will have completely kicked in by this time next year – and a new form of information pack will be issued. There are some of us around that can remember the last significant change when the now-forgotten PANDA ceased to exist. In its place came the RAISEonline, with its average point scores.
For school leaders that flash of green or the dreaded blue can be the difference between joy or despair. For Year 6 teachers, in particular, it stands as a testament to the hard work completed almost six months ago. It is quite ironic that for primary schools the data pack refers mostly to pupils who are no longer at the school.
As you weave your way through the highs and lows of disadvantaged, EAL and SEN Support groups and look for evidence of the great progress made, think of your governors who may not be as familiar as you with dealing with this information. I have attended many meetings when attempts at explaining the RAISEonline has resulted in pale, almost grey faces surrounding me.
As we bid farewell to the much maligned RAISEonline, let’s give a moment’s thought to the acronym that could be used to herald its successor. All suggestions eagerly awaited! Enjoy.
Analysing your RAISEonline: 5 Things to Remember
- There is a great deal of information that is repeated;
- Don’t be too analytical if you are dealing with a group of less than 15;
- Smaller schools need to look at what is happening over a few years and not over-react to one set of data;
- Be aware that your ‘value added’ may look better than it is if you have low standards at the end of Key Stage 1;
- Significant differences (the blue and green areas) will vary according to the size of the cohort.
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Clive is a former headteacher and inspector, having inspected over 200 schools. His school gained a National Curriculum award and was featured in the Times Educational Supplement, one of three schools recognised for their quality practice.
He was awarded an OBE for his services to education in 2007.