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Andy Milne/Bill Oates
Department for Education and Knowledge and Analytical
Services, Welsh Government
What is My Local School?
• Fully bilingual data portal containing information on all
maintained schools in Wales
• Designed to open up access to schools data for parents and
others with an interest in their local school
• Contains performance data plus a wealth of supporting
contextual information
• Launched February 2013
• Updated at various points throughout the year as data becomes
available.
My Local School
Welsh Government
Background
• Thomas Review (March 2011) – The Structure of Education
Services in Wales
Recommendation 5: “Recommend a single national IT data platform…available
to all with an interest, including parents”
• Push from Minister for Education and Skills to make this a
priority in March 2012
• Cabinet Office data transparency agenda
• Criticism for lack of access to data… Governors, press etc.
• All Wales Core Data Sets – data packs updated at various points
throughout an annual cycle for schools and local authorities but not publically
available.
My Local School
Welsh Government
Background
Mar 12 –
first
prototype
developed
Internal version
available
Oct 12 –
Beta 1
Nov 12 –
Beta 2
Jan 13 –
Beta 3
Feb 13 –
MLS full
launch
• Initial scoping exercise
•
Brainstorming sessions – statistical staff + policy colleagues
•
Investigation of existing sites
•
Focus mainly on performance data – available from existing sources
(AWCDS)
• Difficulties with presentation and format
My Local School
•
League tables scrapped in Wales, however, providing comparisons still
important
•
Policy driver was to enable parents to engage with and challenge schools
Background
Mar 12 –
first
prototype
developed
Internal version
available
Oct 12 –
Beta 1
Nov 12 –
Beta 2
Jan 13 –
Beta 3
Feb 13 –
MLS full
launch
• Initial version of the site developed and shared with key
stakeholders:
•
Minister for Education and Skills
•
Directors of Education
•
Estyn
•
Governors Wales
•
Unions
• Parental focus groups
My Local School
•
Visual appeal / colour schemes
•
Format / functionality
•
Supporting information
Welsh Government
Background
Mar 12 –
first
prototype
developed
Internal version
available
Oct 12 –
Beta 1
Nov 12 –
Beta 2
Jan 13 –
Beta 3
Feb 13 –
MLS full
launch
• Restricted version of site made available to schools and other key
stakeholders
• Facilitated feedback and testing on a much larger scale
• Major issues identified and resolved:
My Local School
•
Browser compatibility
•
Chart load issues
•
Suggestions / feedback on data items included / excluded
Welsh Government
Background
Mar 12 –
first
prototype
developed
Internal version
available
Oct 12 –
Beta 1
Nov 12 –
Beta 2
Jan 13 –
Beta 3
Feb 13 –
MLS full
launch
• Further restricted Beta launches as new data became available
• Fixed bugs identified in previous iterations
• Allowed schools and other stakeholders to familiarise themselves
with the site prior to full launch
My Local School
Welsh Government
Background
Mar 12 –
first
prototype
developed
Internal version
available
Oct 12 –
Beta 1
Nov 12 –
Beta 2
Jan 13 –
Beta 3
Feb 13 –
MLS full
launch
• Launch promoted through school newsletters, WG website, Twitter
• Positive feedback at launch – TES Cymru, head teachers, local
authority data contacts
• Site developed in-house with existing resources alongside current
workloads. External project manager brought in for approx. 6
months
My Local School
Data
• Important that site was launched without errors in data in order
to establish credibility
• Much of the data drawn from existing sources – minimised the
risk of errors
• Disclosure risk assessment undertaken
• Increased level of intelligent data use in the education sector
• Runner-up prize in RSS Excellence in Official Statistics awards.
My Local School
Welsh Government
Site Demo
http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk
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Facts and Figures
• Millions of data items covering all maintained schools in Wales
• Approximately 100,000 site hits
• Average of 5 pages viewed per visit
• Launch day – over 6,000 hits, average visit length around 5
minutes
• First annual cycle of updates under business as usual just
completed
• My Local Health Service launched –
http://mylocalhealthservice.wales.gov.uk
My Local School
Welsh Government
Future Developments
• Comparison tool for a selected group of schools
• Data exportable into Excel format
• New data items – Sport Survey
• Data items re-used by other sites – My Local Council
My Local School
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Any Questions?
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