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Documenting what you have taught and how well pupils have understood it will enable you to tailor future lessons to enhance learning. James Pembroke has put together a beginner’s guide to being a data-savvy teacher

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You've probably heard a few scare stories about data. Yet, used well – and only when needed – data can be among a teacher’s most powerful tools.

Tales of data-related woe arose amid the chaos that surrounded the removal of levels (which had been in place for 26 years) in 2014. Since then, we have seen a shift – welcomed by many teachers – away from collecting data for the purposes of accountability (“What do we need for Ofsted?”) towards using data to support teaching and learning (“What has been taught and how well have pupils understood it?”).

So, in light of this change in approach, it's ...

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