Insight - Introduction
Insight offers the user analysis of the large volumes of data available within Nexus. It is designed to easily summarise, visualise and contextualise it for the user - reducing the need to spend lots of time looking at tables of numbers and potentially overlooking key information.
The strengths of this area of Nexus (and Perspective Lite if released to schools in your LA) are that users do not have to have experience of working with data, nor to understand the measures inside-out in order to access and understand the summaries that are presented. This allows a Virtual School head, a School Improvement officer or a School Leader to understand the strengths, challenges, trends and comparisons associated with their area in a matter of minutes.
There are some key elements of Insight that are common to all/multiple of the pages which are summarised below:
Printing & Help - All Pages
As you are already reading this guide, you probably won't need to click ABOUT THIS PAGE, but if you did, you'd find some basic information about the page you are viewing.
This also includes some links to useful information, like this guide, and an article that tells you whether the data you are viewing is Keypas or DfE sourced. (Keypas data is loaded by each LA and DfE sourced data is loaded centrally).
You have the option to print each Insight page to support a meeting or other event (you can also screenshot the relevant parts of the pages) but if you are copying or printing for someone else, you should possibly consider giving them access to Insight instead. This would allow them to access all the data they are interested in for themselves and removes the risk of data becoming out of date as it is updated or new sources become available.
Headlines & Visualisations
Though found primarily in the 'Headlines' page, the style of presentation from Headlines is also found on the Pupil Groups page of Insight. The concept is explaining data in a simple manner with text snippets, different verbalisations and ways of explaining data that offer something more than repetitive explanations of percentages or scores.
Strengths and Challenges
Mostly found in the Intelligence - LA and Intelligence - Schools pages, the concepts of Strengths and Challenges are also found on other pages within Insight including CLA, CIN and Pupil Groups. Here groups of pupil results are tested for mathematical significance compared to a selected (or default) comparison group. These are then presented as strengths, challenges or of no particular significance.
Insight CLA & CIN
Nexus also includes versions of Insight to support the work of staff involved with Children Looked After and Children in Need. Fundamentally these versions of Insight work in a similar ways to the core - Education focused - Insight, with similar styles and visualisations but including options and filters specific to Virtual Schools and Social Care.
There are articles in the help centre specific to Insight CLA and Insight CIN.
Key articles in this guide
Insight Details - Absence & Exclusions
Appendix: Insight Data Sources and Significance Methodology
Appendix: Nexus Absence Methodology
Appendix: Primary Key Indicators
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