‘Data’ is not a dirty word

Often blamed for adding to teacher workload, number crunching is seen as the enemy of the teacher – but the reality is quite the opposite, insists Elly Blake

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Data is the enemy. That is the sometimes discreet, but often overt, message wrapped up in the workload crisis affecting teachers; children have been turned into digits and their education is now filtered through a computer screen in a way that resembles something from The Matrix. Numbers waste everyone’s time and dehumanise learning.

I don’t subscribe to this view. I believe data has been scapegoated to divert attention from the real issue: bad leadership of data. Because used well, data is not our enemy, it is our ally.

The purpose of collecting data should be simple: to identify those who ...

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