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 What is a series?

Solution

A series is a snapshot of performance - a Y11 Autumn 1 series may refer to teacher assessments that were taken before Autumn half term.

Over the course of a year, 4Matrix can be used to analyse, diagnose, track, forecast and report on the progress of pupils from years 7 to 11. 

Greater emphasis is placed on KS4 however - the significance of this is that it is this information that will largely influence an inspection judgement. 

Progress is monitored by entering series of most-likely grades into 4Matrix, either once or twice a term.

For a new group of Year 11 pupils, a typical data cycle might include:

 

1) Y10 mock exam results - this will provide the first series for the new cohort of Y11

2) Autumn Term - most likely grades entered twice during the term

3) Target grades

4) Spring Term - most likely grades entered twice during the term

5) Summer Term - most likely grades entered

6) Actual exam results available in August

 

All of these data points can imported into 4Matrix as a Series. There is no limit to how many series you can import. A similar cycle would take place for year 10.

This will provide an analytical record of Y11 performance using a ‘point analysis’ technique, i.e. several series of data about estimated grades collected of twice per term, and forming a record of movement over an academic year. Here are just some examples:

  • The Series Analysis tool will show the differences between any series for a selected cohort of pupils

  • The Series Comparison tool will show the movement of grades towards the target grades

  • The Flight Path tool will show trajectories for every pupil based on national chances tables, against which their progress can be plotted, and targets set

 
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