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Secondary phase concerns about RAISE online 2016
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Secondary phase concerns about RAISEonline 2016

NAHT has highlighted concerns and feedback from our primary members about this year’s RAISEonline report. At the time, the secondary report had not yet been published.

We explained to the DfE that overall the redesign of the primary report had not gone down well. There is a lack of simple summary headline data at the beginning as you'd expect to see and RAISE and the dashboard together give almost 80 pages of complex data to wade through which seems excessive. In addition, we raised concerns over the use of EYFS data to measure progress to end of KS1, as EYFS data was never designed to be used in this way and it has not been done before.  NAHT will continue to argue that it is not acceptable to take an assessment designed for one purpose and use it for another without warning, consultation or preparation. A 'low stakes' assessment migrating into a high stakes accountability measure is just the type of change which builds distrust in the assessment regime.

The DfE currently partners with Ofsted to produce RAISEonline and so the content and ordering of the report is driven by those two organisations. In recognition of the fact that the report contains overly complex charts and data, the DfE and Ofsted have agreed to put together some short videos on key reports to explain what they show – these are planned be on the DfE YouTube channel but not likely to be available until the New Year.

Going forwards, Ofsted will not be partnering with the DfE to produce RAISE and a replacement service for RAISE is in development for next year. However, it is likely that Ofsted will still have a lot of input into the content and layout of the replacement. NAHT have been involved with the DfE in discussions about the need to ensure a core service is available to all schools and we have engaged extensively with the replacement team about both primary and secondary school leaders' views on what data is important to them for the new version of the report.

NAHT has stressed that more thought needed to be given to the ordering of the report and more consideration given to the audience of school leaders (and governors) and not just Ofsted.

We will continue to engage with the DfE on these issues and to ensure that the RAISE replacement is fit for purpose.

If you have any concerns about this year’s secondary RAISEonline report, or with the replacement service for next year, please email sarah.hannafin@naht.org.uk and we will ensure we discuss these with the DfE.

Page Published: 29/11/2016