What is it?

The new Ofsted framework (currently out for consultation) states that inspections will not examine any internal school data. Therefore, headteachers and school leaders need to have a thorough understanding of their exam results, the ASP (Analyse School Performance) and IDSR (Inspection Data Summary Report).

Ofsted’s new Inspection Data Summary Report is a 16-page document that is used by Inspectors to prepare for short inspections and informs the initial conversation between HMI and the headteacher.

Ofsted have designed it to show at a glance how well previous cohorts demonstrated characteristics of good or better performance showing a brief overview of published data for the last three years using visual displays.

How to use it

You download your school’s dashboard from your Analyse School Performance (ASP) account. You log in, click “List of reports”, and download it in the “Inspection Dashboards” section.

Ofsted intended the visual displays to be quick to interpret but it is actually a very detailed document and not necessarily straightforward and easy to interpret correctly.

The “National Averages” which are shown can be misleading. Sometimes conclusions based on comparisons between your school’s data and the “National Average” that appear immediately obvious can be quite false. For example, the “National Average” which disadvantaged pupils are compared against is not the National Disadvantaged Average, but the National non-Disadvantaged Average.

How can we help?

ASaP Reports

Our ASaP Reports (Analysing School Attainment and Progress) are your essential electronic guide distilling your school’s ASP (School Performance Summary) into

  • The ASaP Report –  a ready-made Summary of your School
  • The ASaP Appendix – discrete analysis by cohort groups (not available in ASP)

Both Reports have been created with Governors and Key Stakeholders in mind. 

They are cross referenced to the Ofsted Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR).

Click here for more information about Our ASaP Secondary Reports


Daisi Secondary Ofsted IDSR Course

In this course, we go through each and every page of the Ofsted Inspection Dashboard, so that by the end, you, other school leaders and your governors will be able to understand what this important document is trying to tell you.

We’ll also go through the Attendance and Persistent Absence pages, and see what analysis you should do before Ofsted arrives.

What you’ll learn

  • Understand and explain the significance of the graphs in the Ofsted Inspection Data Summary Report.
  • See what the Areas to Investigate are, and what you have to do to achieve them.
  • See where additional guidance can be obtained from.

Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?

  • This course is for leaders and governors in secondary phase schools and academics throughout England.
  • It would be good if you had a printed copy of your school’s Ofsted Inspection Data Summary Report – download it from ASP.

Benefits for you

  • You don’t need any specific software to view the videos.
  • Stop spending days analyzing this data.
  • Give the training to your colleagues and selected governors.
  • Keep up to date with the latest changes.
  • See what Ofsted consider are your school’s performance data strengths and weaknesses, and why.
  • Get detail about how progress is calculated.
  • And learn what Ofsted wants to look for in your absence data

How can I access this course?

Why not have a look at the course? You will see Preview in the top-right hand corner, and can sample some of the videos there and see if they are right for your school.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for additional videos, please let us know. Please do not hesitate to contact the DAISI Service via daisi@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or 0115 87 64020 to discuss your requirements.


“Guidance on how to interpret the data and how to navigate between the different documents. It was useful to be able to refer to our own data and the points to ponder were very helpful..”
– Tara Gilman, Rufford Primary School, Nottingham

“Some very useful points made which has clarified key points e.g. inspection dashboard criteria, conversion of scores to KS2 end of year, clarification of ntl comparisons and CI..”
– Greg McEnaney, William Booth Primary School, Nottingham

“It is really useful listening to someone who really understand what they are talking about, so thank you to Phillip.”
– Jon Motler, Westbury School, Nottingham