The response addresses concerns raised by the General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, Russell Hobby.
An Ofsted spokesperson said:
Ofsted’s new data dashboards are a tool for schools and governors to use in their drive for improvement. We are committed to the principle of governors having access to clear, summary information about their schools and its performance compared with similar schools.
We are grateful to the NAHT and its members for highlighting an issue in the way our dashboard presents data about comparable schools. As a result we have updated and improved the methodology, and republished the dashboards. We have publicised these changes on the dashboard website.
At the time of the launch of the dashboards we said they were not set in stone, and that we would work with other organisations to develop them over time. On that basis we look forward to working with NAHT and its members in continuing to improve the product.
- Ofsted launched the School Data Dashboard in February.
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