Insight: Step By Step


Contents

Introduction

Navigating Insight

National Benchmarking Measures

Local Measures

Learning Partners





Introduction

When you log on to Insight, you are taken immediately to the four key National Measures for your school (or local authority). You also see a series of headings at the top of the page. Let's look at these headings first, from left to right.
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1. The Insight button is a 'Home' button and takes you back to the home page from anywhere within the tool.

2. The Establishment button (showing East Ayrshire in this image) allows you to select the National Measures for any other school or local authority in Scotland or allows you to see the overall national position. It aslso provides access to the 'School Profile' page for the establishment.

3. The Learning Partners button allows you the opportunity to see a 'ranked' list of schools and, where you partner with other establishments, to see their local data.

4. The LA Summary button (Only visible when selected establishment is a local authority) allows you to look at side by side national dashboard data for all establishments in that local authority. A further 2 options in this menu allow local authority officers the ability to look at side by side course level data across their schools.

5. The Benchmarking button allows you to select the four national and four local benchmarking measures

6. The Course button allows you to select various courses and curricular areas.

7. The Documents button allows you to print any page you are studying. The printed page includes which filters have been deployed (see information regarding filters in National Dashboard Improving Attainment for All section) This menu also allows you to produce a Summary PDF. This PDF is a seven section document with key national data for an establishment. The PDF is calculated on demand so will return an up to date picture of the establishment's (school/local authority) information contained within the tool.

8. 7. Clicking on your User Name (top right) reveals a Settings button which allows you to select either three (default) or five years of data. The settings selection also gives you an option to change to textured charts. It is also where your own 'personal' dashboard is found.



Navigating Insight



The Home Page

The Home Page (Dashboard: National Measures), to which you can always navigate by clicking on the 'Insight' button, contains the four measures which we call the National Measures. These are so called to reflect their importance as the four key measures on the tool.

We call this a dashboard to emphasise that the four measures are connected and should be looked at together in considering the performance of a school or local authority and the next steps to be taken to seek further improvements.

The four measures are:

· Improving attainment in literacy and numeracy

· Increasing post-school participation

· Improving attainment for all

· Tackling disadvantage by improving the attainment of lower attainers relative to higher attainers.

All the national measures show the performance of pupils at the point of exit from school. This is the most consistent way of considering the success of your school in these measures and reflects the many different curricular models which schools are adopting across the country as practice evolves in line with Curriculum for Excellence.

Hover over any of the measures and click to explore in more detail. Let's look at each one in turn. Remember you can always get back to the national measures by clicking on 'Insight', found in the top left corner of every page, beside the Insight symbol.



Showing and Downloading Data

Throughout the tool, there are a variety of times when you see a button marked Show/Hide Tabular Data. Clicking on this reveals the data behind a graph or chart.

Within any such selection, you can also import the data into Excel, or any other tool which can open a CSV file, by clicking on the Download Data button.




Personal Dashboards

Throughout the tool, there are a variety of times when you see a button marked 'Add to personal dashboard'. This useful feature allows you to save up to four charts as 'favourites'. This has a variety of uses, such as being able to go to particularly important pages for you, and it also allows you to consider outputs side by side, eg boys and girls for a particular feature.



National Benchmarking Measures



National Benchmarking Measure: Improving Attainment in Literacy and Numeracy

Why is this measure important?

We are ambitious for our pupils and want as many of our school leavers as possible to be highly literate and numerate, increasing their life chances greatly. For the first time, a measure has been developed which focuses on literacy and numeracy. The measure on the dashboard is deliberately ambitious and aims to help local authorities and schools to raise the bar.

Curriculum for Excellence stresses the responsibility of all teachers for developing literacy and numeracy skills. This reflects the importance placed on these crucial skills which unlock learning in all other areas of the curriculum and are therefore vital for success in learning, life and work in the modern world and workplace.
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The chart shows the performance of your school in pupils' attainment in literacy and numeracy (ie both of them together) at Level 4 and above and at Level 5 and above (at the point of exit from school). It compares the performance of your school against its virtual comparator.

What is a virtual comparator?

It is a way of comparing the performance of all pupils at your school with a group of pupils, taken from around Scotland, who have the same backgrounds as those of your school. This gives a very fair way of comparing your own performance to that of a similar group of pupils, so that you can see where performance is strong and where it might be considered as needing improvement.


What are the key questions we should consider?

The Tool is a way of using data to evaluate and to reflect on performance, and the three key questions which should be considered throughout Insight are:

· What does the evidence illustrate?

· What can we learn from it?

· In the light of this analysis, what will we do next?

How can I take a closer look?

There are a number of filters which can be applied, click on 'change options' You can select any combination of these to take a closer look. Simply click on an area, select your filter(s) and then press 'Update'. Your graph will then be updated to reflect your choice.
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I want to see performance in literacy and in numeracy as separate measures. How can I do this?

You can do this by tapping on 'Click here to see this information by measure'.

This takes you to the two measures being shown separately.

Again, all of these measures can be filtered so that you can take a closer look.

You may wish to consider issues such as:

· How does our performance in literacy compare to the performance in

numeracy?

· How does the boys' literacy / numeracy compare to that of the girls?

· How does the boys' literacy compare to the boys' numeracy?

· How does the performance of our pupils from the most deprived backgrounds (using the SIMD filter) compare with that of the pupils from the least deprived backgrounds?

I'd like to see other levels as well. How do I do this?

You can select levels 3 and 4, levels 4 and 5 or levels 5 and 6. In this way, you can look at performance at different levels.

I'd like to see how performance in literacy and numeracy compares with my local authority and nationally. How can I do this?

You do this by clicking on 'Click here to see this information by SCQF Level'.

This allows you to consider all of the levels above, together with all the filters.



National Benchmarking Measure: Increasing Post-school Participation

Why is this measure important?

Considering the destinations of our leavers is a vital part of ensuring that Curriculum for Excellence is a success in our schools. Previously, STACs did not consider this aspect at all and this is another example of the way in which Insight is a considerable step forward.

The measure focuses on initial destinations. We are developing links with Skills Development Scotland's data hub and over time Insight will provide more information on longer term destinations.

The chart shows the performance of your school in the percentage of pupils going on to positive destinations. It compares the performance of your school against its virtual comparator, its local authority and Scotland.
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What are the key questions we should consider?

Insight is a way of using data to evaluate and to reflect on performance, and the three key questions which should be considered are:

· What does the evidence illustrate?

· What can we learn from it?

· In the light of this analysis, what will we do next?

You may wish to consider specific questions such as:

· How do the boys' destinations compare to those of the girls?

· What are the destinations of our Looked After Children?

· We have been targeting support to pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds. What has happened to their destinations?

I want to look at specific destinations. How can I see them?

If you select 'Click here to see this information broken down by destination', you will be taken to a graph which breaks down the leavers' destinations into various categories:


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and you can also select from the current year or previous years by means of selecting the appropriate filter.



National Benchmarking Measure: Improving Attainment for All

Why is this measure important?

Our overall aim for this measure, together with measure four, is to have our pupils attain as highly as possible 'across the board'. They concern how well a school really knows itself for all its children. This is vital if we are to make good our commitment to both raising attainment and tackling inequality. As with all of the national dashboard, measures are taken for the leavers' cohort.
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The chart shows the performance of your school in pupils' overall attainment by looking at the average total tariff score of your school leavers' top-attaining 20%, middle-attaining 60% and lowest-attaining 20% groups. The graph compares your school to its virtual comparator, the local authority and Scotland.

What is the tariff score?

We have used a tariff score so that we can take account of the pupils' 'latest and best' performance. Awards at higher levels attract more points than those at lower levels. Further information about the tariff points system used for the Live Edition can be found here.

Tariff points for all attainment and achievement included in Insight is dependent on each award's SCQF credit rating. The number of Insight tariff points accumulated for each individual course/award is consistent throughout all calculations in the tool.

For the 2 tariff based dashboard measures 'Attainment for All' and 'Attainment versus Deprivation' at both local and national levels there is a filter to swap between total tariff and complementary tariff. The difference between the total tariff score and the complementary tariff score lies in the way the total score for each learner is calculated. For further information please see Deep Dive 3: Guide to Insight Tariff here.

Again, all of these measures can be filtered so that you can take a closer look at any specific aspect of performance. You can also consider the overview of previous years' awards by selecting the Year filter.


You can also look at three (or five by using Settings under your user name) years' data for each of the three categories by clicking on Lowest 20% Middle 60% Highest 20%. This gives you the opportunity to consider any trends. Here's the graph for a school's lowest-attaining 20% over three years:
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You may wish to consider issues such as:

· Is our school attainment for any one of the groups rising or falling year-on-year?

· How does the performance of each of the three groups identified compare with the virtual comparator?

· Are we meeting the needs of our highest-attaining boys?

· Are we meeting the needs of our lowest-attaining girls?

· Are we meeting the needs of our pupils for whom English is an additional language (EAL)?

· How does the performance of our pupils from the most deprived backgrounds (using the SIMD filter) compare with that of the pupils from the least deprived backgrounds?



National Benchmarking Measure: Tackling Disadvantage by Improving the Attainment of Lower Attainers Relative to Higher Attainers

Why is this measure important?

Our overall aim for this measure, together with measure three, is to have our pupils attain as highly as possible 'across the board'. They concern how well a school really knows itself for all its children. This is vital if we are to make good our commitment to both raising attainment and tackling inequality. As with all of the national dashboard, measures are taken for the leavers' cohort.
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The horizontal axis shows the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. The scale goes from 1 to 10 and goes from the 10% most deprived areas (1) to the 10% least deprived areas (10) in Scotland. These 10% 'chunks' are called Deciles. The vertical axis default is the total tariff score. You can filter to show this as complementary tariff score.

The red discs showing the attainment of pupils in Scotland are of equal size and the graph shows how attainment rises with affluence. A major challenge for all of us is to ensure that attainment is as high as possible for all learners so that your school's graph becomes both high and flat.

In considering the situation within your school's data, there are three things to ponder:

· The spread of the discs across the deciles, showing the backgrounds of your pupils

· The size of each disc, showing the proportion of your pupils in each decile

· The comparison of each school disc to the national disc in each decile, indicating the performance of pupils in that decile compared to the national picture.

Again, filters can be applied and questions can be considered, including:

· In which deciles is our school performance higher than the national performance?

· In which deciles is our school performance lower than the national performance?

· How does the performance of the boys compare to that of the girls?

· How did our Looked After children perform compared to the national data?

I'd like to see the data from more than one year, and also the data compared to my Virtual Comparator. How can I do this?

Insight allows comparison to be made with the Virtual Comparator by using the 'Compare With' filter.

Insight also allows comparison from different years by using the 'Year' filter.

Using a combination of National / Virtual Comparator and Year filters, a more complete picture can be seen, including trends over time which may merit further investigation.

I'd like to see the actual numbers in this output. How do I do this?

You can do this in two ways. Hovering over any of the circles gives the average Tariff score and population size within each circle. Please note that, given the close proximity that can arise from one circle to another, it is important to take care, and, if in doubt, look at the actual number in the tables. In addition, you can download extended data directly into Excel for further analysis.



Local Measures



Dashboard: Local Measures

On the 'Dashboards' Tab towards the top right of the screen, there is an option also to consider Local Measures, which are designed to complement the National Measures. This is what you see.
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The screens look much the same. What's the difference from the National Measures?

The fundamental difference is that all four National Measures speak about performance at the point of exit from school, so they are concerned with the performance of the leavers as a cohort - some coming from S4, some from S5 and some from S6 but all together making up the 'mixed' leavers' cohort for that particular school session.

The Local Measures look at the performance of cohorts of pupils in your school, whether they have left school or not. Thus we can consider the pupils' performance in Literacy and Numeracy by the end of S5, or the performance of the highest-attaining 20% of S5 as a year group, for example.

What are the 'defaults' of the Local Measures on the Dashboard?

The defaults on the four Local Measures are:

Improving Attainment in Literacy and Numeracy: Stage S5, based upon S5 stage roll

Increasing Post-School Participation: Stage S5, based upon S5 stage roll

Improving Attainment for All: Stage S5, based upon S5 stage roll, annual calculation type

Tackling Disadvantage by Improving the Attainment of Lower Attainers Relative to Higher Attainers: Stage S5, based upon S5 stage roll, compared with National data for 2013, annual calculation type


What can I select?

The following screenshot gives an example:
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This shows the Improving Attainment for All measure and is set at the default of Stage S5, Based upon (stage roll) of S5 and calculated Annually.

To change any of these options: click on 'change options' You can select S4, S5 or S6 as Stage, together with S4, S5 or S6 as the roll upon which it is based and you can also select Annual or Cumulative as the Calculation Type (for most of the measures). Thus you can see how a year group has performed within that school year (eg S6 based upon S6) or how a year group has performed over time (eg S5 cumulatively, based upon S4). This powerful feature allows you to track how pupils have performed over time.

There is the usual set of filters, allowing you to consider the performance of groups such as boys / girls, SIMD, EAL, Ethnicity and so on.

The four national measures are replicated for the local measures.



The 'Course' Menu


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Let's consider a few general issues first, and then we'll look at each of the measures in turn.

What are the local measures in the Live edition of Insight?

There are six groups of measures:

· Looking at an overview of performance in terms of a whole-school course summary

· Looking at graded courses (ie SCQF Level 5 or above for the new National Awards) and including former Intermediate 1 and 2 and Standard Grade

· Looking at ungraded courses (ie SCQF Level 4 or below for the new National Awards)

· Looking at your overall curriculum in terms of breadth, balance and overall quality of attainment

· Looking at course comparitor - how performance in one course can be analysed relative to predicted performance

· Looking at the breadth and depth of awards for both leavers and cohorts.

· Looking at learning achieved outwith the learners' base centres

· Looking at all attainment for all courses presented within a selected subject

There are new terms now appearing. What do they mean?

'Resulted Entries' means the pupils who actually were presented for an award. In a way, it's like saying 'how many were presented for complete courses' or 'what was the uptake in this course?' and it takes account of the larger amount of internal assessments in the new national qualifications.

'Base Centre Cohort' means how many pupils there are in total for the filter being considered. For example, if S4 / S5 / S6 is selected as the filter, then the Base Centre Cohort would be the total number of pupils in the school in S4/ S5 / S6. If you only selected S4, then the Base Centre Cohort would be the number of pupils in school in S4.



Whole School Course Summary

Selecting the Whole School Course Summary allows you to gain an overview of performance at a particular level and at particular stages. The illustration shows part of the output for National 5 in S4. Please note that this concerns S4 as a year group (ie whether they stay on at school or not).
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Please note: all filtering is now done via the 'change options' tab.

The output lets you know how many resulted entries there were, the proportion who gained an A-C or A-D or a no Award and also the number of pupils in the base cohort selected.

This overview allows you to consider, at a glance, results in a level by a stage. You can then select a particular course for a more detailed look by selecting the More Detail - Link button.

You may wish to consider issues such as:

· Are there any courses which seem to have done notably well compared to others?

· Are there any courses which seem to have done notably worse than others?

· How does the boys' performance compare to that of the girls?

· Which courses clearly merit 'a closer look'?



Local Course Measure: Attainment in Selected Graded Course - Percentage of Resulted Entries


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Clicking on Attainment in Selected Graded Course - Percentage of Resulted Entries allows you to select from a variety of Courses and Levels (the example shows Higher Biology for S5) and of course there's the usual set of filters, which you can use to look at any aspect, such as:

· How did the boys perform when compared to the girls?

· How did a specific year group or combination of year groups perform?

· Are there any particular trends for my school, both in general or for specific groups?

· How do any trends seen for my school compare to those of my local authority and Scotland in general?

If you click on Show/Hide Aggregated Tabular Data you will reveal the actual numbers and percentages of As, As-Bs, As-Cs and As-Ds, and it will look at your school, your local authority and Scotland.

If you click on Show/Hide Tabular Data you will reveal the actual numbers and percentages of As, Bs, Cs, Ds and No Awards, and it will look at your school, your local authority and Scotland.

If you then click on Percentage of Base Centre Cohort you will move from considering the data in comparison to the total entered for any course to considering the data in comparison to the actual roll of the cohort chosen.

What about Standard Grades, which are still important for historical comparisons?

You can select Standard Grades in the Product Type filter and this gives access to aggregated and non-aggregated tabular data as well as the stacked bar charts.



Local Course Measure: Attainment in Selected Ungraded Course

Clicking on Local Course Measure: Attainment in Selected Ungraded Course produces tables and graphs which are very similar to those for Graded courses. The main difference is that Ungraded Courses are Pass/Fail and the graphs and tables reflect these differences.
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Throughout both graded and ungraded awards, an increasing number of products can be viewed, selected via the Product Type:
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Local Course Measure: Course Comparator - Selected Graded Course

Why is this measure important?

Course Comparator allows us to consider how well any course has performed relative to a predicted performance, thus giving an indication of relative strength or area of weakness.

Selecting this Measure the clicking 'change options' brings up the following screen:
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Courses, levels, subjects and stages can be chosen, as can sex. The following shows the results of Higher English in S5 for boys:
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Statistically significance at 95% confidence level is given and further details can be found in the Technical Guide.


Choosing the Local Course Measure: Course Comparator - All Graded Courses allows you to see the performance of all pupils in a selected group 'at a glance'. For instance, choosing all pupils in S5 at Higher produces the following table along with a graphical representation:
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All the courses are shown (Higher in S5 in this example), and this is useful in allowing an overview of performance across a range of courses at a particular level. Again, fuller information is given in the Technical Guide.



Curricular Areas

Why are these measures important?

In schools, it is worthwhile and interesting to see how your pupils performed in the different curricular areas. This gives a good overview of the balance of your curriculum and also an indication of the relevant strength of any particular area.

What are the curricular areas?

We have taken ten curricular areas, which are:

· Wider Achievement

· English and Gaidhlig

· Expressive Arts

· Health and Wellbeing

· Languages apart from English

· Mathematics

· Religious and Moral Education

· Sciences

· Social Subjects

· Technologies

Which courses feed into which curricular area?
The Other Local Measures section of the technical guide provides more information on this.

Wider Achievement is included. What does that mean in practice?

In Insight, we want schools to be able to illustrate the breadth and also the depth of the work which they do with pupils. Wider achievement awards will increasingly be part of Insight as time goes on, starting from a small number.

For a Wider Achievement to be part of Insight, it must:

· Meet the aims of Curriculum for Excellence

· Meet technical requirements, such as handling individual pupil data and

· Be accredited to the SCQF scale.

It must be stressed that by no means will all the wider achievement which schools do with pupils be completely contained within Insight and what matters is what suits any particular pupil best. Aspects of Wider Achievement will have been an integral part of pupils' progress as part of the Broad General Education and will have been captured via the pupil profiling process. This vital way of working will continue into the Senior Phase as pupils develop their profiles into documents which can go with them into the next stages of their lives post-school.

Let's look at these measures now.


Clicking on Curricular Areas: All Curricular Areas, produces a chart like this:
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This shows the first graph of the overall curricular picture for the school, in this example looking at S5 as a year group.

The school bars show the percentage of total attained entries in S5 for the school, and these add up to 100%. The graph shows that over 20% of the S5 presentations were in English and approximately 10% were in a technology subject. The other bars show the equivalents for the school's Virtual Comparator, allowing a comparison to be seen.

For these measures, as well as the usual filters, the year of presentation can be chosen, as well as the SCQF Level and various stages or combinations of stages (to reflect the diversity of arrangements within schools).

Selecting, under Data to Display, Percentage of Base Centre Cohort, produces a display like this:
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The school bars show the pupils with resulted entries as a percentage of the base centre cohort (ie as a percentage of S5 in this case). So, 90% of S5 gained an award in English, while 13% gained an award in a language other than English.

Clicking on Average Tariff Score within Data to Display for this selection gives an indication of the relative performance within the curricular areas of the school and its virtual comparator.

Some of the questions you may wish to consider, when taking these three together, would include:

· Are there any curricular areas which seem to be particularly strong in terms of pupils studying within them?

· Are there any which seem to be particularly low?

· Are there any which attract considerably more boys than girls, or vice versa?

· How strong is the performance of a particular curricular area in terms of its tariff score?

Clicking on Curricular Areas: Single Curricular Area allows us to examine the curricular areas in turn. For instance, in one school, Social Subjects in S5/S6 at SCQF Level 6 is shown in the following graph:
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This allows the school to consider its performance in a specific curricular area compared to its virtual comparator (with the local authority and Scotland also shown for reference). This, together with the outputs gained from clicking on 'Data to Display' to gain Percentage of Base Centre Cohort and Average Tariff Score for Specific Curricular Area, gives an indication of the relative strength, over time, of particular areas of the curriculum.

This would let us consider issues such as:

· Are there any particular trends?

· To what extent have changes to our curriculum and its structure affected attainment in a particular curricular area?

· What can we learn from the attainment seen in our highest-performing areas? How can this be used to develop the sharing the practice across our school to support any areas which are nor performing as well as would be hoped?



Breadth and Depth

The Live edition contains two measures for indicating breadth and depth of awards across the school.

Breadth and Depth: Leavers considers the performance of the pupils in the school at the point of exit. Remember that this consists of a mixed cohort of pupils - all of those in a school session who left, whether in S4, S5 or S6. The current year and previous years can be selected for comparison, as can the data for the school's virtual comparator.

Breadth and Depth: All Candidates considers the performance of year group stages in a particular academic session, allowing the school to select different stages and years of presentation to allow comparisons and trends to be considered, including for the school's virtual comparator.

Both measures allow you to consider

Let's look at the measures now.


Breadth and Depth: Leavers

This gives the following table:
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The table shows the proportion of the leavers who have been selected who have gained 1 or more, 2 or more (and so on) awards at any SCQF level up to Level 7. As is usual in Insight, various filters can be selected and different stages of leavers (eg S4 leavers, S5 leavers, etc).

It is important to note that both of the Breadth and Depth tables will, to a varying extent, be affected by the curricular model adopted by the school and that care should be taken in using these tables. The virtual comparator data is also made up of pupils from around Scotland who go to schools with a similar background, and these will be likely to adopt a variety of curricular models.


Changing the Breadth and Depth Area to SQA National produces the following table:
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The table shows the proportion of the leavers who have been selected who have gained 1 or more, 2 or more (and so on) awards in SQA National courses at any SCQF level up to Level 7. It also includes Standard Grades and Skills for Work courses. The table shows ungraded courses for Levels 1 to 4 and, from Level 5, it shows grades from D to A. For instance, in the above example, choosing 7 or more at Level 6 Grade C shows that 6.91% of leavers have gained at least seven awards of Grade C or above. As is usual in Insight, various filters can be selected and different stages of leavers (eg S4 leavers, S5 leavers, etc).

It is important to note that all of the Breadth and Depth tables will, to a varying extent, be affected by the curricular model adopted by the school and that care should be taken in using these tables. The virtual comparator data is also made up of pupils from around Scotland who go to schools with a similar background, and these will be likely to adopt a variety of curricular models.

Choosing Breadth and Depth: All Candidates gives a similar set of tables, but the key difference is that you now select the groups, as shown:
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Again, SQA National courses can be selected under the Breadth and Depth Area rather than All SCQF. It is important to note that all of the Breadth and Depth tables will, to a varying extent, be affected by the curricular model adopted by the school and that care should be taken in using these tables. The virtual comparator data is also made up of pupils from around Scotland who go to schools with a similar background, and these will be likely to adopt a variety of curricular models.

Looking at these sets of tables, you may wish to consider issues such as:

· How has the performance of my leavers changed over time?

· How does the performance of cohorts compare across SQA grades, for example as we travel from D to C to B to A at a particular Level?

· Which SCQF Levels have shown an improvement?

· Have any SCQF levels shown a decrease in performance?

· How has the performance of year groups changed over time?

· Can I ascertain any impact of my school's curricular model on attainment and achievement over time?



Partnership Course Summary

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This function surfaces attainment achieved by your learners in centres other than the base establishment. There are a number of conditions which must be met before this attainment can be displayed here -

· Learners must be presented using their correct SCNs as recorded by their base (home) establishment.

· The learners must be presented by the 'host' establishment rather than the base centre

· All unit/award information must be submitted to the award provider by specified deadlines.



Selected Subject Summary

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This function surfaces all attainment information for all courses presented for a single selected subject - This allows schools to interrogate subject specific learning across the entire senior phase.



Learning Partners

Why are Learning Partners important?

The key benchmark within Insight is the Virtual Comparator. This allows schools to benchmark performance in a robust and consistent manner, allowing analysis of performance within a culture of self-evaluation and reflection. The virtual comparator is made up of pupils from around Scotland.

A Learning Partner within Insight is another school in Scotland with whom a school has agreed to share local data to aid partnership working. Insight does not seek to define such partnerships but suggests that these partnerships would foster discussion and mutual learning about pedagogy, performance and structures with the aim of seeking improvement to the benefit of both partners.

Schools which are in learning partnerships will be able to access each others' data in full (ie not simply only the National Measures).

How do I find out about my potential partners?

The Find Partners page allows you to look at a 'ranked' list of real schools based on their closeness to you using a range of criteria. The data shown in the table give an indication of key characteristics of possible learning partners. The two tabs on the top left of the table allow you to switch between demographic information about the other schools ('Insight Closeness') or National Benchmarking Performance.

Let's have a look now. On the Learning Partners tab, selecting Find Partners produces the following:
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The first view gives an indication of 'Insight Closeness', taking the 'attainment for all' measure and looking at the lowest-attaining, middle-attaining and highest-attaining groups.

An alternative view is given by clicking the National Benchmarking Performance tab.
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In this second view, the school is compared to leavers' destinations, literacy and numeracy at levels 4 and 5 and lowest-attaining 20 per cent score.

Please note that these rankings are only one way to help find suitable learning partners and schools are free to choose their own on the basis of data in Insight, or of course on other criteria. Also, those ranked most closely to your own school (those at the top of the list with the smallest 'distance') will be performing similarly to you relative to their virtual comparator (VC) in terms of the Attainment for All National Dashboard measure. Others, further down the list, will be performing more and more differently relative to their VC. This means that you can actively search for a similar, or indeed quite different, school to your own in terms of performance.

The way a school choses its learner partners might depend on their focus. For example, a school may be below its VC for the lowest 20% of attainers, which would show as a negative 'weighted lowest 20% normalised score'. In this case, they might want to find a school within the list which is doing much better than its VC for this group - i.e. a school with a positive score for the lowest 20%. Or they may want to partner with another school which is doing similarly compared to its VC (i.e. a small overall 'distance' or a similar negative value for the lowest 20%) to see how they can work together to improve this. If a school is performing quite well compared to its VC (a positive score for the lowest 20%) but they wish to partner with a school which is doing even better for this group, then they could look for a school with a higher positive score for the lowest 20%. However there may be other reasons that schools may choose to partner with each other and this ranking is not intended as a definition of similarity.

You can view the key performance data for the possible partnership school (such as the National Measures) by clicking on 'Change Establishment'. You can then can click 'Propose Partnership' to seek to establish the partnership with the other school. Please note that the ability to propose and accept partnerships will be limited to certain roles in the school eg Head Teacher or other nominated member of staff. It is then up to the other school to accept your proposal, in which case you can view each other's local data and establish your partnership.

How can I see my list of learning partners?

You can see your learning partners by going to the Learning Partners tab and selecting 'View Partnerships'.