The headlines page gives you access to that key data for which you are frequently asked using visualisation and text commentary to make them accessible to a wider audience.
The text snippets and charts on the page can be easily copied and used to support your virtual school's reporting processes.
Users will access this material in slightly different ways depending on their roles and permissions in Nexus. Users who can only access CIN reporting will be taken to this page direct when selecting Insight/Headlines.
Users who also access wider school and/or virtual school reporting will select Scope: Children in Need at 31st March to select this information from the available pick list.
Printing & Help
Though the content is covered in this article, you can also click About This Page to find some basic information about the page you are viewing. There will also be a link to this guide.
Clicking on Data Sources brings up a table that tells you the source for each key stage - Keypas or DfE.
If you want to print the page, you can do so via the Print button but you should consider whether the intended recipient should be given direct access to Insight instead, or whether you could screenshot the parts you wanted.
There are a number of 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 and 2020/21 was limited by the cancellation of all statutory assessments in that year and so does not count for the purposes of this 3 year limit).
The default value for this option is All Areas: Key Indicators. This option provides a combination of indicators from all key stages as well as key absence indicators.
Selecting a specific area - such as Key Stage 2 - will include all indicators for that area, not just those that are considered key indicators.
You can find out which indicators are available for each area in Insight by checking the following articles:
If you are an officer who only has access to your Children in Need analysis, then you will only have one option here. Users with access to the schools and/or virtual school area of Insight will have more options and would need to select Children in Need at 31st March in order to view that data.
The default comparator is National (all national pupils). Changing the comparator will replace the national values on charts and in text, with your chosen comparator. Available comparators include National CIN, Regional CIN and LA All Pupils.
The selected card in the summary section determines the focus of everything below it. For example, choosing Key Stage 4 EBACC APS will mean that both the value and comparison sections outlined below will focus on this indicator.
The selected card always jumps to the left of the carousel, so when you're scrolling through indicators, you'll always know what you've currently selected.
The card itself includes the main value for the indicator as well as some useful conversions, such as how many pupils achieved a good level of development. It also shows the number in the eligible cohort.
This section will focus on the value of the indicator. We can see in the example below that a value of 48 was achieved in the Key Stage 4: Attainment Indicator.
The value is visualised in a chart, while the accompanying text gives more context to this value.
The trend over academic years is shown in a bar chart, along with how your value compares to the CLA National, or other comparator you have selected. Once again, a narrative is included alongside the chart.
The adjacent text adds context to the data displayed in the chart.
This section will show how the virtual school compares to the CLA National average, or CLA Regional average.
The gap between your value and chosen comparator is shown in the first chart. Up to 3 academic years are displayed, depending on the availability of data.
As in other sections, the accompanying text will add context to the data in the chart.
The second part of the comparison section is all about relative change - that is the difference between your value and the selected comparator over academic years.
For example, your LA value might have increased from one academic year to the next, but the national value may have increased even more, which this section makes apparent. In the example, your relative change can be negative, even when your value has increased between academic years and this is important context for your results.
Children in Need cohort sizes
In most Local Authorities the cohort size for the Children in Need cohort 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, mean that results from year to year may show substantial variation. Large rises or drops in results 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.
Key articles in this guide
Insight Intelligence - Children in Need: overview and detail of significance testing of results and data.
Insight Data Sources & Methodology Children in Need: where data comes from and how significance is calculated
Insight - CIN Cohort: contextual information from school census, CIN Census and NPD attainment outcomes
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