Monday was the launch of a new report, written by ZPB for the Open Public Services Network (OPSN) which, as explained in a recent blog post, makes available previously unpublished information to help give parents a better understanding of the educational opportunities available to their child at local schools.
Held at the Guardian, the launch included a panel discussion with education experts such as Tim Leunig, Policy Advisor at the Department for Education. Leunig commented on the potential of publishing more educational data as a way to drive school improvement.
Simon Lebus, Chief Executive at Cambridge Assessment and a member of the OPSN reference group, promoted his wish to take the data further by publishing ‘soft measures’ of a school’s success such as staff turnover or the ‘friends and family test‘ for schools.
You can read more about the report and the school database developed by the Guardian and the OPSN, along with a comment piece from Roger Taylor, on the Guardian website. Read Joe Hallgarten’s speech from the night on the RSA website.