The Open Data Project for Schools continues with support for schools on attendance from September 2020
In recent months, the ASCL-led Open Data Project for Schools has been supporting Year 6 to Year 7 transition via the online tool SixIntoSeven. Looking ahead to September, the focus will be attendance, working with schools to share, benchmark and make attendance data about more than accountability.
Working with a group of pilot schools and trusts this year, the Open Data Project has helped to identify trends and pinch points around attendance and use anonymized data to make connections across regions and demographics. From September, the attendance tool will be available more widely for all ASCL member schools to take part.
Few schools are using their attendance data to its full potential for pastoral care and to support vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. Accurate, live data will become even more crucial as schools manage attendance post-lockdown. The machine learning and AI aspects of the project are particularly exciting as we will see the system generating notifications and alerts as it spots patterns emerging, further reducing the need for manual data analysis.