Course Cost:

Non Members: £185.00 (excluding VAT)

Members: £166.50 (excluding VAT)

Course Length: 1 Day

Venue address:
PBM Training and Consultancy (Head Office), Heath House Training and Conference Centre, Cheadle Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 7BY

Course Date

01 January 2020

Course Time

09:30 to 15:30

This one-day course helps participants to develop basic data literacy skills and improve their knowledge of RAISE online. The training is practical and skill based. The training includes the use of the RAISE, tracking data, National Curriculum assessments, teacher assessments, point scores, benchmarked data, value added measures, and predictive data.

In-School Training Information

In-School Training

This course is available as in-school training. If you would like to find out more about in-school training please go to the in-school training section   CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT IN SCHOOL TRAINING
  or call us on 01889 567 014

Course Objectives

Participants are helped to:

  • understand the principles of using data at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4;
  • make judgements about attainment, progress, and achievement using RAISE online;
  • make judgements about attainment using current data;
  • improve the accuracy and efficiency of teacher assessment;
  • collate and analyse data to identify strengths and weaknesses and aspects for improvement;
  • use levels and sub-levels to monitor standards;
  • calculate and use average point scores;
  • measure and evaluate individual and group attainment.

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

The content and use of RAISEonline
  • Using RAISEonline systematically
  • A table of contents for RAISEonline
  • Data literacy
  • Judgements
  • Assessment
  • Assessment terminology
  • A secure level and the concept of “best-fit”
  • A secure assessment
  • Basic levelling skills
  • The link with learning and teaching
  • National expectations
  • The “national ruler” for measuring children
  • Expected progress
  • Good progress
  • Tests and teacher assessments

Session 2

Beyond basic characteristics
  • Analysing aids and barriers to raising achievement
Prior attainment and expectations
  • The accuracy of assessment
  • Collating current attainment data
  • “Statistics, damned statistics, and lies”
  • Averages and thresholds
  • Percentile ranking
  • From raw scores to levels and points
  • Converting levels to fine grades or sub-levels
  • Using variance and confidence intervals to make judgements

Session 3

  • Comparing prior attainment, targets and outcomes
  • Current attainment and results not yet validated
  • Completing the big picture: current attainment
  • Being systematic
Achievement diagrams in RAISEonline
  • Quadrant diagrams
  • Confidence intervals

Session 4

Progression and value-added
  • What is progression
  • Progression mapping
  • Profiling annual progress
  • Annual progression mapping
  • Links to teaching and learning
  • What is value-added?
  • Value-added: the basics
  • Creating value-added benchmarks, evaluating outcomes
  • Developing the big picture: looking for strengths and weaknesses in progress
  • What does progress over time look like?
  • Looking for strengths and weakness in progress
FFT and target setting   As part of our quality assurance policy, and to ensure courses are always up to date we reserve the right to update alter and improve courses without prior notice in order to encompass any emerging changes in legislation, framework, or government guidance.

Tutor information and course feedback


Bruce McAlpine has managed the Company for 18 years. He writes and develops training materials and tutors many of the courses. He is an experienced lead inspector and was an additional inspector. Before becoming an inspector, he was a headteacher for seventeen years. His specialist areas include English, mathematics, art, educational management, special educational needs, and English as an additional language. He has an excellent track record as a trainer. We reserve the right to replace the advertised tutor with another appropriately experienced tutor.


  • “This is the best course on data handling I’ve ever attended. I thought the trainer was clear and extremely helpful….very helpful without overload. Thank you”.
  • “The training helped explain some of the complexities of the data clearly; the trainer was supportive in clearing up misconception”, Headteacher.
  • “Clear explanations of potentially complex information. Thank you, a very valuable day”.
  • “Delivered well, and understandable to someone who is new to handling whole school data”.
  • “Informative and very useful for target setting and school improvement”.

Membership special offers

06 November 2015, 09 March 2016, 07 June 2016: Members Advance booking discount for this course is £150+VAT per person

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