We at Social Finance have been commissioned by the Welsh Government to carry out research into the data and information needs and uses in the school system in Wales. We have been speaking to stakeholders across the school system, to understand how these needs differ across stakeholder groups, for the three main purposes of self-evaluation and improvement planning, accountability and transparency. Our goal is to provide the evidence needed to help build a balanced system, in which quality data and information is available and used effectively – in a way that works for schools and wider stakeholders’ own unique settings and contexts.
The project will support the implementation of Welsh Government’s new framework for Evaluation, Improvement and Accountability, as set out in the School Improvement guidance.
So far we have engaged with a wide range of stakeholders including; headteachers, learners, parents, Local Authorities, Diocesan Authorities, Careers Wales, Welsh Government policy teams, Regional Consortia, Estyn and Qualifications Wales, amongst others.
We are now in the final stages of this research and have developed a draft set of recommendations to test with key stakeholders including, importantly, schools.
We would therefore like to invite your school to share its views about our draft recommendations via a live Webinar.
We are inviting those working within schools and alternative provision in Wales to one of our live ‘Data Ecosystem Webinar’ sessions to give their feedback. This is open to headteachers, others in strategic and leadership roles including governors, and teaching staff across all maintained settings in Wales.
We will be holding two 1-hour virtual webinar sessions in September, where we will present our recommendations. These will run:
- Session 1: 28/09/22 from 17:00-18:00
- Session 2: 30/09/22 from 10:00-11:00
During the session, for each recommendation we will outline:
- The purpose of the change, including the introduction of any new data or information type
- Any changes this may have on how you currently collect, analyse, and communicate data at the local level
After each recommendation, we will pause to gather feedback through a live poll. We will also ask you to complete a survey following the webinar session to capture any further thoughts.
The closing date for the follow-up survey will be 19:00 30/09/22.
Once we have finalised our recommendations, a final report will be presented to the Welsh Government and will be published on the Welsh Government research web pages. They will consider our recommendations and, in due course, will set out for stakeholders how they will be responding to our findings.
If you would like to join a webinar then please visit the Events page on Hwb and log in to sign up. Admittance to the event will only be granted to those who have registered. Please note that these sessions will run bilingually.
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