Performance tables & exams data: What can and what can’t performance data tell you as a school leader? Duncan Baldwin advises

Headteachers everywhere experience an anguishing few hours on results day trying to get a feel for how well their school has done. In the old days it was somewhat easier – quickly calculate the percentage of pupils’ five or more A* to C and, assuming nothing much had changed, compare that with last year’s results. Then have a quick look at English and maths, some individual pupils and head off to do the press release and call the chair of governors.

However, with so much change to qualifications and performance measures in 2018, getting that sense of how this year compares to last is much more difficult.

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