(12) Using CEM value-added data for school improvement, (The Godolphin & Latymer School, London, 28 November 2017)



This course will be suitable for new and experienced users of ‘value-added’ data. Emphasis will be given to the understanding of what the data means and does not mean, thus leading to effective interpretation informing discussions at school and department level such as ‘how well are we doing?’ or ‘can we do better?’.

Course objectives:

  • Introduce the key principles of ‘value-added’ data
  • Understand and interpret the forms, reliability and patterns of ‘value-added’ data
  • Criteria for effective data analyses
  • Using case studies of real data, identify strengths and areas for development/support

This course is for: Members of School Leadership Teams, Heads of Departments and Data Managers

Course outline: 

10.00 – 10.30

   Arrival, registration and coffee

10:30 – 11:15

   Welcome and introduction, key principles of value-added data

What should (and shouldn’t) we use value-added data for? What data does CEM provide? How can I convince colleagues, pupils and parents of the usefulness of CEM value-added data?

11:15 – 11:45

   Session 1: MidYIS, value-added

An overview of the MidYIS assessment and how value-added data is presented. We will also discuss the different standardisations and how these impact on value added.


(Working Coffee in the morning)

11:45 – 12:15

   Session 2: YELLIS, value-added

An overview of the Yellis assessment and how value-added data is presented. We will also discuss the merits of considering both MidYIS and Yellis value-added feedback together.

12:15 – 1:15

   Lunch - an opportunity to network with colleagues and ask questions about your data to the Course Director

1:15 – 1:45

   Session 3: ALIS, value-added

An overview of the ALIS assessment and how value-added data is presented. We will also discuss the different baselines and how these are represented in value-added.

1:45 – 2:45

   Session 4: Driving change through value-added data

Using examples from schools, we will discuss how value-added data can be used to influence decision making in school. Consideration will also be given to the different patterns of value-added data and how these can impact upon decisions in school.

(Working tea in the afternoon)

2:45 – 4:00

   Session 5: Delegate experiences and discussion

During this time, delegates will be encouraged to share their experiences of using CEM value-added data and how this has been communicated to colleagues, senior leaders and governors. It will also provide opportunity for delegates to analyse their own data and ask questions of the Course Director.