As a school governor, making the right decisions often comes down to understanding the data. But not all new governors have experience working with data, and deciding what’s relevant to consider can be difficult. We’ve developed an eLearning module with Arbor Education to help school governors get to grips with school performance data, so they can feel confident in their decision making.

The eLearning module ‘Performance data for new governors’ covers the key metrics and measures governors need to understand in order to provide effective oversight of pupil and school performance. It focuses on the key types of data governors need to be able to interpret, how to interrogate data to provide support and challenge to the school leadership, and how to investigate performance more closely by benchmarking against other schools. New governors can complete the 45 minute module before their first board meeting to gain an overview of how performance data is used in schools and how it can help raise pupil achievement.

The module includes practical exercises you can work through using Arbor Insight – a free portal Arbor has built for your school to help you analyse & benchmark your latest performance data. This is an especially good time to sign up as Arbor has just added 2018 KS2, KS1 & Phonics data to portals, with KS4 data coming in the next few weeks.

James Weatherill, CEO of Arbor Education, says: ‘We know that not all governors come into the role with experience of working with school data, and that it’s a pretty arcane area in its own right! We want to make sure that governors are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to use data to inform their strategic decisions, and this module gives a practical step-by-step guide of how to do so.’

The module is made up of 8 sections and you can complete them all for free. You don’t need to be a current school governor. Once registered, you can complete the modules in your own time – your progress through the modules will be saved and you can begin from where you left off.

Click here to start the module.