What’s New in Nexus?
This release introduces updates to the system for the new multiplication tables check data collection, Key Stage 4 2022 data collection and Covid-19 trend handling for KS4.
New Multiplication Tables Check Data Collection
The multiplication tables check (MTC) is a new DfE statutory data collection for 2022. LAs will be able to collect the CTF files that schools have downloaded from Primary Assessment Gateway (PAG) and import them into Keypas. LAs will then be able to view two new reports in Nova – MTC pupil list and MTC benchmark.
Notes for this new data collection:
- MTC will appear on the Keypas Import Indicators widget on the Nexus homepage so LAs will be able to see how complete the data is for their LA and nationally.
- LAs can upload individual files, multiple files, or a multiple zip file.
- There will be no data cleaning tables in Keypas Tree View as all data will be assumed to be accurate. The files will be checked for expected values on import and the pupil grid (under Imported Data) will be available in the Keypas Tree View for users to view the data.
- Both Nova reports will be accessible by schools in Perspective Lite (where given access by the LA on the Perspective Services page).
- Both Nova reports will be batch reportable and will be distributable to Perspective schools (where given access by the LA on the Perspective Services page).
Key Stage 4 Updates
Please note the Key Stage 4 updates will not be visible in Nexus until shortly before GCSE results day (25th August).
We have updated Nexus for the 2022 Key Stage 4 files to be uploaded this summer. LAs have different options on the files they would like to import for Key Stage 4:
KS4 exam results – From results day (25th August 2022), LAs can collect EDI files that have been shared with schools by the exam awarding bodies and import them into Keypas (more information is available here). There are also Excel templates available for LAs to enter any results they would like to import into Keypas where they do not have an EDI file – links to the templates and more information on this import can be found here. KS4 results can also be collected and imported into Keypas for CLA pupils, more information is available here.
KS4 Import – The DfE will make available schools ‘checking data’ CSV files from their Get Information About Pupils (GIAP) website later in the year. There are two files made available by the DfE – provisional and revised/final. LAs need to remember that if they import the provisional file, they will need to update this with the revised/final CSV file to ensure they were viewing the most up to date analysis in Nexus.
Advantages to collecting and importing Key Stage 4 data into Nexus include:
- Instant access to Nova reports including batch reporting
- Early indicative national averages
- Early indicative progress analysis
- Next day access to Insight analysis
- Schools will also be able to access their analysis in Perspective Lite (where given access by the LA on the Perspective Services page)
Changes to DfE’s Key Stage 4 accountability this year includes:
- Change to discounting/inclusion calculations. This year, the DfE will count entries from 2019/20 and 2020/21 but will only include results from 2021/22. They will also count the results of qualifications achieved in autumn 2019 for pupils reaching the end of KS4 in 2021/22 (first entry rules apply).
- Key Stage 2 level changed to scaled score in 2016; new prior attainment groups will be used to calculate Progress 8 scores and EBacc value added scores.
Covid-19 Trend Handling Updates
Due to Covid19, schools were not required to follow the regular assessment cycle in 2019/20 and 2020/21, and the DfE has decided not to hold schools accountable for performance in attainment in these years. In previous releases we have made changes to how trends are presented across Nova and Insight for EYFSP, KS1, phonics, and KS2; we are now applying the same changes to KS4 analysis.
Here is a summary of the changes made to trend data in Nexus for EYFSP, phonics, KS1, KS2 and KS4:
- Nova reports – all trend analyses show 2017/2018, 2018/19 and 2021/22 comparisons.
- Insight (all areas except cohorts and details) – all trend analyses for attainment data show 2017/2018, 2018/19 and 2021/22 comparisons.
- Insight Cohorts and Details pages remain unchanged as the analysis uses census data and there were no gaps in census data returns during 2019/20 and 2020/21.
Other Minor Updates and Improvements, including
- Insight School Census Cohort page: the school type chart will be updated to show just two categories – Local authority-maintained schools compared against academies and free schools (combined). Special schools have been removed from the chart as they will be included in the new categories depending on their governance.
- While waiting for the Insight pages to load, the user usually sees a ‘loading pulse’ but there is no warning to the user if the page fails to load, it stays on the ‘loading pulse’. To help the user, there will be two warning messages to give more information on what is happening, for example, after 60 seconds there will be a message advising the user to contact the helpdesk.
Advance warning of Nexus maintenance
Please note that due to essential system maintenance, Nexus will not be available during the weekend from 4pm Friday 5th, all day Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August. We will complete the work as quickly as possible and will make the system available as soon as we can. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.