The Virtual School Intelligence page you an overview and the detail of significance testing of the results and data for your LA's virtual school.
Significance testing is used in order to determine whether your value for an indicator is a strength, a challenge or within normal bounds. This clearly illustrates areas that you will want to be aware of such as areas of weakness in otherwise good results, or alternatively strengths in what otherwise appears to be a poor year for results.
If you want more information of about how significance is calculated, please see this article.
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There are two options you can change on this page...
There will be a maximum of 3 academic years at any given point, the current academic year will be available as soon as absence data becomes available in Nexus. (Note that data for 2019/20 was limited by the cancellation of all statutory assessments in that year)
Select Gap to National if you are only concerned with how your virtual school has performed against the national CLA cohort or Year on Year Trend if you are only concerned with performance against the previous year. When selecting the default - All Dimensions - both will be displayed for each indicator.
The top of this page shows a summary of the significance testing performed on your virtual school according to the dimensions that you have selected in Options.
For example, when considering absence in the below screenshot there are 8 possible points of significance. This is because there are 4 absence indicators, and each is tested for 2 dimensions if both are selected.
You will note in the screenshot above that (compared to the possible points of significance) both strengths and challenges are relatively low and there are far more indicators that are within normal bounds (represented in grey on the bar)
Click on an area in the School Summary section to jump to the corresponding area on the lower portion of the page.
Strengths and challenges show in 2 columns. Strengths are in green on the left and challenges in red on the right. Each indicator is tested for significance and the result will be displayed. If there are no strengths or no challenges, this will be stated.
Remember that being within normal bounds is an entirely acceptable result and should not be read as a failure. Omission from strengths or challenges actually represents performance of a decent standard compared to either the prior year and/or the national average depending on the dimensions selected.
The virtual school in the example below is significant because their Key Stage 4 English & Maths 5+ gis significantly lower than the national average.
It is possible to have both a strength and a challenge in the same indicator across different dimensions. For example where there had been a significant improvement from prior year performance but the result remained significantly below national average gathering gap
Virtual School cohort sizes
In most Local Authorities the cohort size for the virtual school in any given assessment year will be substantially smaller than most schools in your area or across the country. Small cohort sizes, with pupils who have significant challenges in their lives and often additional needs, means that results from year to year will show may show substantial variation. Large rises or drops in results can be particularly emphatic in triggering the significance tests on this page but should be seen in the context of that small cohort and their individual circumstances. As a virtual head you will probably wish to caveat any analysis on this basis.