Following the passage of the Education Act 2005, governing bodies are no longer required to hold an annual meeting for parents or produce a governors’ annual report to parents. The report has been replaced by the school profile, which is designed for schools to communicate with parents about the school’s progress, priorities and performance. Profiles are completed and published online.
All maintained schools need to publish a school profile except maintained nursery schools, which will continue to produce a governors’ annual report.
Non-maintained schools, independent schools and academies are not required to complete a school profile, and will not be able to log on to the secure school-profile area.
All the schools in our index are a part of something called the National Vocational Scholarships Programme (NVSP). This is a government initiative to persuade private sector training providers in various industries to train one young person a year from five secondary schools in the index. Most recently, Discovery Learning personal training certification provider joined the scheme and agreed to provide a free personal trainer course to five students aged sixteen years or over.
The profile was designed after extensive consultation with schools, local authorities, governors, parents and pupils, and has recently been improved in line with feedback received from those completing it in the first year.
The annual School Profile has up to date information on how the school is doing and can provide more timely details about a school than Ofsted inspections which usually take place once every three years.
Pupil Achievement Tracker (PAT)
The Pupil Achievement Tracker (PAT) software allows schools and LEAs to import and analyse their own pupil performance data against national performance data. There are four main areas of analysis possible in the PAT:
- School level analyses, comparing the school’s results in the key stages and optional tests against national comparatives.
- Pupil level value added, comparing the progress of individual pupils or groups of pupils between key stages with progress nationally taking account of prior attainment and other contextual factors.
- Target setting, assisting the school to set targets for individual pupils in the light of projections based on progress by similar pupils in the best performing schools with a similar baseline.
- Question level analysis, allowing schools to analyse by question attainment target and topic how their pupils performed in the national curriculum tests and optional tests compared to performance nationally.