Improving pupil outcomes through better transition from KS2 to KS3, with a particular focus on supporting the most able disadvantaged pupils.

Deadline 19 July 2019

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What is Opportunity North East?

How DAISI Education can help your proposal

Note for Schools

Useful Links

What is Opportunity North East?

Announced in October 2018 by the Secretary of State, Opportunity North East aims to improve the transition from primary to secondary school, drive up standards and improve outcomes for over-16s, and improve early career training for new teachers. It involves..

  • up to £24 million investment over three years
  • working with partners across the region including schools and local authorities
  • leadership through the ONE strategic board and chaired by Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System.

One of the major focuses of this work is Transition of pupils from primary to secondary school. The data shows a real-life drop at the end of primary in results across the North East. To improve outcomes, we need to know more about how to support pupils to continue to achieve well as they progress from KS2 to KS3.

The ONE strategic board are looking for proposals to help bridge this gap..

Proposal Expectations

  • Not necessarily something radical – expecting to receive a mixture of proposals, some looking to scale up existing approaches, and others to test something new.
  • Schools will have to use a common approach to assessing progress through Year 7 and 8.
  • Proposals will require collaboration between schools, but there must be a lead school/academy.

Proposals from schools can include specific expertise and input from providers but must only be a maximum of 3 pages.

The deadline for proposals is 19th July 2019.

How DAISI Education can help your proposal

DAISI Question Level Analysis will give you an evidence informed, forensic baseline intelligence to underpin your proposal to Opportunity North East for improving pupil outcomes through better transition from KS2 to KS3.

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DAISI can provide your project with…

1. QLA Y6 Baseline for every (North East) primary school/academy for maths, reading and GPS using 2019 KS2 SATs tests administered at the start of the new academic year Autumn 2019, giving your project a head start and early data. (Bonus report)

2. QLA Y6 Concise for every (North East) primary school/academy for maths, reading and GPS using 2019 KS2 SATs test administered in school in the Spring Term 2020.

3. QLA Y6 Results; for every (North East) primary school/academy for maths, reading and GPS 2020 KS2 SATs tests.

4. QLA Y7 Transition Pack for the incoming 2020 Year 7 cohort for every (North East) secondary school/academy for Maths, Reading and GPS using the 2020 KS2 SATs tests results.

5. QLA Y6 Baseline for every (North East) primary school/academy for maths, reading and GPS 2020 KS2 SATs tests administered at the start of the new academic year in Autumn 2020, giving your project continuity for the follow on cohort. (Bonus Report)

6. A Project level analysis using aggregated data of all participating schools for 2020 KS2 pupil performance in maths, reading and GPS.  Analysis of pupils’ performance across all primary schools/academies and a baseline for the 2020 Year 7 cohort across all secondary schools/academies.

The DfE has stated that only the strongest projects that are both viable and sustainable will go forward. They will also seek to combine similar projects into larger scale work. DAISI QLA is scalable to accommodate any number of schools and configurations.

Primary Cluster/Family/LA Reports offers schools;

  • Their own individual reports benchmarked against national and the Cluster/Family averages; 3 subject reports including pupil on a page profiles and a summary report.
  • On the basis that all Cluster/Family member schools use the QLA, we aggregate the data and prepare a suite of reports at Cluster/Family level that also give a comparative breakdown by school (this suite does not include individual pupil profiles) to support school- school improvement working
  • The package supports individual schools and the collective.
  • Using the Cluster/Family package ensures that we receive each primary schools permission to process their data and to aggregate it into a shared report amongst the named schools. This gives a cohesive analysis of end of Year 6 results and if required, new Y6 Baseline.

Pupil mobility then occurs between Y6 and Y7 and via Admissions process, policies and criteria, KS2 and KS3 cohorts are not identical and therefore by this very nature, are discreet in analysis.

The deadline for submission of outline proposals by schools to the DfE is 19 July 2019.

You do not need to have a full-scale project ready to go or indeed a commitment from other schools at this stage. You do need to communicate your principles of what you want to do and DAISI QLA is the start of that process using current data to identify a single, clear priority that is amenable to change.

Thank you for taking time to read about our expertise and services. I hope you have found this interesting and most of all of interest.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have to help you prepare your outline proposal and my details are below.

Organisation and Contact details:

Gillian Heath

Data Training and Consultancy Manager

Data Analysis & Insight for School Improvement

Nottingham City Council

Loxley House

Station Street


T: 0115 8764624       E:

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Notes to Schools

DAISI Education is based in Nottingham. Nottingham had the same ratio of pupils going to Good/Outstanding schools as the North-East did in 2014. However, it is now at the National Average.

One of the key improvements that it has used is its Question Level Analysis, which looks at each question, and groups them into 5-9 strands per subject, and compares them with the National Average and with your group’s average. It also looks at different cohort groups at this level, including by gender, disadvantaged, and prior attainment.

Since 2016, Schools nationally have accessed DAISI’s Question Level Analysis and found it to be very useful. We have continuously developed the content to meet schools’ needs, both at primary and secondary level.

Useful Links:

Y6 Results QLA :                        

Baseline SATs QLA:

Concise SATs QLA:

QLA FEEDBACK from Schools:

QLA CASE STUDY:                     

Y7 Transition QLA                     


Daisi Education YouTube Channel:       

Y6 Results QLA :                        

Y6 Baseline SATs QLA:             

Y7 Transition QLA