Databusting with James Pembroke and Richard Selfridge

  • No Forthcoming Dates
  • Sacrewell Farm
  • Assessment
  • Full
  • Primary
  • Leadership
  • Lunch Included
  • Refreshments Included
  • Free

A day aimed at primary school senior leaders and assessment leads to help navigate the fog of assessment and rationalise your data life

About this Event

Assessment in schools is often directed from the top down with a heavy focus on accountability, but how about we turn that on its head? With Ofsted's recent change in direction, schools have license to do just that: build an approach from the classroom upwards, that works for both teachers and pupils and restores faith in assessment.

£95 per person or 2 places from your school for £150*

*(Book 2 places as usual, ignore the price given, the invoice will be amended when sent)

About The Course

The day will:

Review and update your approach to assessment, making data work effectively and efficiently in the light of the revised Education Inspection Framework Clarify what you need to know about data, what you have to do by law (and what you do not need to do), and what you should do to assess and monitor progress and attainment whilst minimising workload and maximising impact in your school

Cover key aspects of primary data including: statutory assessment, progress measures, confidence intervals, target setting, standardised tests, IDSR, ASP, and tracking systems

9.00am Registration and coffee

9.30am The State of the (Data) Nation State of the Nation: down the accountability rabbit hole Tracking pupil progress: common mistakes in a post levels world Target setting: science or astrology?

10.45am Morning coffee

11.00am What they didn’t teach you in training Assessment 101 What tests do and don’t tell you Using standardised scores to direct energy and effort

12.15pm Lunch

12.45pm Taking control of statutory assessment Arm yourself: What Ofsted and the DfE are now saying about data The minimalist's guide to tracking: how to declutter your data life

2.00pm Afternoon tea

2.15pm Taking control of internal assessment Assess well to direct effort efficiently Rigorous assessment, not Goldilocks Data

3.30pm Q&A and close

3.00pm Course ends

About the Programme Leader

James Pembroke has 14 years’ experience working as a data analyst and advisor in education. He spent 6 years in the Post-16 sector with the Learning & Skills Council followed by 5 years in the school improvement team at Gloucestershire County Council. He turned freelance in 2014 and now works with schools across the country, helping them make sense of their data. He speaks fluent RAISEonline, is an accredited FFT consultant, runs workshops, provides training and support, and advises companies developing tracking and analysis tools for the education market.

The field of assessment and accountability in schools is constantly changing. James keeps up to date with developments and is a regular contributor to the debate via his School Data Updates twitter feed (@jpembroke). He writes a monthly ‘Data Doctor’ column in the TES and regularly blogs on a wide range of important, data-related topics ( James has a BSc and PhD in Geology but now prefers people to rocks.


Richard Selfridge I work in primary education and have done for ten years. I also have children in primary school. I love teaching, but I think that school is a thin layer of icing on top of a very big cake, and that the misunderstanding of test scores is killing the love of teaching and learning.


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