Dunchurch Infant School (LAEP Inventory)

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Rebecca Ferguson
11 February 2016

Synopsis

Dunchurch Infant School is an Early Years institution in the UK that teaches children from pre-school age through their first year of primary school. At the school, observations of students’ play and interactions within the classroom are made and recorded, using the Development Matters system.

 

Development Matters is non-statutory guidance, produced with support from the Department for Education, to support those working in early childhood education settings to implement the requirements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Foundation Stage. It includes guidelines for seven aspects of learning, which are further divided into seventeen subsections.

 

Nearly 8,700 observations are recorded in the school in a given year, which has led prompted the school to use learning analytics to help manage and interpret the large volumes of data on individual students.

 

The school has a dedicated data analyst who collects observations and creates data visualisation charts for classroom teachers. Teachers can then use these reports as a snapshot of their pupils’ strengths and weaknesses.

 

The school claims that the percentage of students reaching ‘a good level of development’ has risen from 55% to 77% since adopting analytics.

Classification

Inventory type:

pilot

Keywords:

data visualisation, observation

Context of Practice

Learning:

school

Geographical:

national: UK

Pedagogic:

Dunchurch Infant School uses the Development Matters framework, produced by The British Association for Early Childhood Education.

Practical Matters

Tools used:

The school previously used 2 Build a Profile, an app designed for recording observations. However, a dedicated staff member now develops visualisations in house.

Design and implementation:

This data visualisation and analytics system has been introduced school-wide in all classrooms. Over 75 pre-school children and nearly 60 first-year pupils are involved. The school has a dedicated staff member who collects data and creates visualisations for classroom teachers.

Maturity and Evidence of Utility

The school claims that the percentage of students reaching ‘a good level of development’ has risen from 55% to 77% since adopting analytics. Their school ratings have also improved since the adoption. No empirical evidence is currently available, although a detailed evaluation is planned.

Further Information

Dunchurch Infant School: http://dunchurchinfantschoolandnursery.co.uk/

Informal account of analytics at the school: http://bit.ly/1SiVU1o

Development Matters: http://bit.ly/1nOID5s

School inspection reports: http://bit.ly/1WNyQII

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