Conference – Using Data to Improve Outcomes: 18 -19 March 2020, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

How can data best be used to improve outcomes in schools?

This conference is an opportunity to share good practice and discuss with others how schools can best deal with a deluge of data and the increasing pressure to measure and justify school outcomes.

The conference programme intersperses sessions lead by experienced practitioners with time to discuss and debate with other delegates. 

There is the opportunity to meet the speakers and other delegates the evening before and have dinner in College. 

Overnight accommodation and breakfast is provided, but there is the option to be a day delegate.

Session Leaders:

  • Ian Sanderson (Hymers College): What does data tell us about a pupil?
  • Jonathan Allday (Woodhouse Grove School & Apogee Academia):   Tracking pupils: more than a bureaucratic process
  • Tony Emmerson (The English College in Prague): Increasing teacher engagement with data


  • Dennis Sherwood (Independent Consultant): The Great Grading Scandal

It’s August. And a student has been awarded a grade different from the prediction. Well, of course, these things happen. Predictions can never be perfect, and maybe the candidate just had an off-day. These are indeed possibilities. But suppose that the prediction was right, and that the candidate was on-form; suppose that the discrepancy between the predicted grade and the awarded grade is attributable to an error in the awarded grade? How would you know? How reliable are the awarded grades? What information does Ofqual provide about grade reliability? The answer to this last question is ‘not a lot’. But there is some evidence that grades might not be as reliable as you might wish – as will be revealed in this session given by Dennis Sherwood, an independent consultant whose work at Ofqual in 2013 opened that proverbial can…

The conference is aimed at Academic Deputies, Data Managers, Teaching and Learning leaders and anyone interested in the use of data in the classroom.

Tickets:                 £330      overnight including dinner, accommodation (ensuite) and breakfast

                               £150      day rate including lunch

Please direct any questions or queries to the conference organiser Jonathan Allday via [email protected]

Conference programme

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