Four Considerations to Bear in Mind with Data-Driven Decision Making

Data-driven teaching relies on data from students’ assessments and classwork to inform lesson plans moving forward. It’s an excellent way to personalise learning, focusing on the areas it’s needed most and skipping areas that students have already mastered.

Many of the schools we work with find the amount and types of data involved can quickly become overwhelming, so we’ve pulled together four vital considerations to bear in mind when using data to drive your teaching:

Data-Driven Decision Making

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In addition to these, some other considerations you may need to make include:

Data Management

Do your systems collect, transfer and manipulate information effectively? Ensure data is available quickly and easily for the people that need it will improve the likelihood of it being used.

For assessments taken via EducationCity, however, this is a whole lot simpler. Scores and answers given by the student are accessible (and exportable!) by all teacher users from within our progress tracking system, SuccessTracker; students’ personalised Revision Journals can be accessed by all users.


Analysing data can be a daunting task, and completely overwhelming for some, so some training may be required on best practice. Generally, you’ll want to make sure that data can be accessed easily by the people who need it and that it’s presented in a user-friendly format.


To encourage data use, you could have policies that outline data use requirements, a formal plan for its use or incentivise usage – whichever works for the culture of your school!

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