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Dashboard reporting software: improving school standards

The RM Intelligence dashboard software from Panintelligence does not only provide business intelligence solutions; it’s also improving school standards and performance up and down the UK. With schools facing growing pressure to raise standards from Ofsted, governors, parents and local authorities alike, accurate reporting has never been more vital. While Ofsted continues to set standards for key areas, inspecting those schools who fail to meet those standards with increasing frequency, there is also pressure on all schools to self-evaluate. This, combined with the fact that Ofsted is demanding more detailed records on behaviour incidents, places even more importance on data which is easy to access and managed effectively. The responsibility for this data analysis lies with school office staff who are already stretched and who are having to work within very tight budgets. Hence the need in schools for the kind of business analytics tools which the corporate world leverages so successfully to manage and interpret data, but at a price point which is realistic for the education sector. The solution is the RM Intelligence dashboard software from Panintelligence, which is beginning to revolutionise the way schools handle data in order to make more informed decisions. RM Intelligence may be based on the highly advanced business intelligence application used in private business, but it is ideal for use within the education system. Working with a school’s existing Management Information System (MIS), the dashboard delivers data analysis which provides insight into the status of the school at any given time.

Being able to create charts incorporating historical data offers invaluable comparison with past performance, while finding information on a specific group of students is swift and simple. Complex data queries are made easy and all pertinent information is quickly translated into clear, concise and highly valuable reporting; reports which can be tailored to the audience, whether Ofsted, school governors or department heads. A growing number of primary and secondary schools in 10 local authorities across England and Wales are already using RM Intelligence; schools of all types and sizes and with varying pupil demographics. These include a large secondary school in London which is rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and a secondary school in Wales which has the top result in English in the county, and is the only Band 1 school in Pembrokeshire. A case study of the latter school, Preseli y Ysgol, included quotes which reveals how invaluable this software is becoming to those schools who use it: “We used to be 6 weeks behind the curve when it came to analysing issues and finding patterns. Now, everything is tracked instantly via the dashboard.” Nia Ifans, Head of Physics and responsible for Data Analysis “It is a five minute job, rather than hours of trawling through data to find the information.” Jonathan Lewis, ICT Manager “It would be fair to say that the dashboard has truly helped us to track and improve attendance... I insist that everybody uses the dashboard.” Michael Davies, Head Teacher In summary, the RM Intelligence dashboard software from Panintelligence is playing a key part in raising standards in schools and improving performance through better attendance, behaviour and exam results.