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The capture, analysis and communication of high quality and relevant data is a central feature of our education reform journey and the establishment of data systems, performance indicators and public reporting are significant actions within the five year National Strategic Plan for Education (2012). Unlike the data provided by many other systems in our region, the performance data used in this report is based on every student enrolled in the particular year of public education, not just those students who sat the tests and external exams.

We have systems in place for collecting and analysing student performance data on a regular and annual basis; to enable us to understand how well we are doing, to establish national benchmarks and plan a path that will lead us, step by step, to measurable success at national and school levels.

Some Key Messages from the Data

These reports gather together key performance data at system level. It establishes the overall performance of student populations at the primary school (Year 6) in English and mathematics and also by the various subjects at the end of secondary school (Year 12).

The data in these reports indicate sustained improvement at the end of secondary school (Year 12) examinations which is the last stage before students leave compulsory education.

The expected level at the end of primary school in terms our National Curriculum is Level 4. We expect, on average, 50% of our students to achieve this level threshold in the Year 6 tests. This expectation is in line with schools with similar socio-economic profiles in England and Wales, when they were at a similar stage of their educational journey, following the introduction of the national curriculum and Key Stage testing [Benchmark Information for Key Stage 2 DFES (1999)]. We anticipate that these expectations will increase over time, in line with rising standards as our reforms take effect.

We recognise that high levels of challenge must also be matched by high levels of support. Accordingly, each school has a broad network of support led by the assigned Senior School Improvement Officer (SSIO.) The SSIO can draw upon the services of a number of internal and external support staff including subject specialists, learning coaches, additional needs specialists, counsellors and educational psychologists.

In addition to the national data that provides a baseline and reference point for schools against which they can measure their own performance, principals are also provided with more detailed specific data about their schools. The data is used to inform the dialogue between principal, senior staff and the SSIO about student performance and school improvement. Data driven discussions focus on planning the improvement of teaching and learning and student performance by putting the right measures in place. The National and School Data reports are important tools in our efforts to deliver targets for improving the education we provide in schools.

National Education Data Reports and Supporting Documents

The National Education Data Report 2020
(For the 2019-20 academic year)
The National Education Data Report 2018
(For the 2017-18 academic year)
The National Education Data Report 2017
(For the 2016-17 academic year)
The National Education Data Report 2016
(For the 2015-16 academic year)
The National Education Data Report 2015
(For the 2014-15 academic year)
The National Education Data Report 2014
(For the 2013-14 academic year)
The National Education Data Report 2013
Released in 2014.
The National Education Data Report 2012
Released in 2013.
Update on progress since the 2011 National Data Report (October 2012)