Question Level Analysis is a really useful tool.

It breaks the results of an assessment down into simpler parts – focusing in on successes and highlighting areas to focus on. It can really help prepare for exams, and gives teachers a true insight into their cohorts.

BUT what can you find in a DAISI Question Level Analysis?

Answer: Detailed Analysis by Topic | Question | Pupil | Cohort


Whatever assessment you use, you have to start with taking an overall view (for example, how many pupils passed or nearly passed), but also at the important topic strands, seeing how the school is doing, and “producing clear next steps for pupils”.

This analysis gives you a clear starting point – focussing in on the headlines and points for you to focus on as the deeper analysis continues.

“Thank you ever so much for the QLA reports & the subsequent updates. The service we have received from yourselves & the attention to detail have been fantastic. We have found the reports to be incredibly useful & they are helping us to shape our school improvement priorities for the coming year.”

Headteacher, Holy Trinity CE Junior School, Ripon

Topic by Topic

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We divide up the questions into bespoke Topics – allowing teachers to create their bespoke lesson plans to address the learning gaps right at the start of the year.

This page shows the strengths and weaknesses for all pupils, boys and girls, and how it compares with the Entire Year and the National averages.

In this example, it shows that:

  • girls did particularly well in “Ratio and proportion” and boys not so well, whilst
  • boys did well in the first 4 topics, with girls not doing so well.

This analysis allows you to look at your cohort as a whole to see what teaching could be improved, and how your curriculum could be developed.

“I think they are a great tool and really help us to analyse our data in great detail. I have been telling everyone how good they are & how they have saved hours of work. This has allowed me to focus on how we can improve teaching and learning rather than spending time on the data analysis – a very welcome change.”

Headteacher, Captain Cook Primary School, Middlesbrough (James Cook Learning Trust)

Question by Question

This has been designed to help Teachers see the types of questions that your pupils found difficult or easier than average.

You might find that, on analysis, there is one particular question – for example, 8827 divided by 97 – which is a particular problem to your pupils, including how to tackle this sort of approximation.

It might also show certain areas where your pupils are doing better than the National averages, perhaps in areas which could be extended for your most able pupils, or perhaps allowing time to be diverted onto other topics.

This analysis can be used to improve your curriculum for the benefit of all pupils.

“These reports are so thorough and useful. Subject leaders and Raising Standards Leaders in each primary school are going to be able to use this information to inform teaching and learning opportunities , not just in Year 6, but across the school. Some of the graphs used were new to me – it’s always good to be challenged by  information presented in a different way!

Headteacher, Ravensthorpe Primary School (Peterborough Keys Trust)

Pupil by Pupil

Our Individual pupil profiles enable you to look at individual pupils and see how they performed. For example, Jane might be doing 12% better than the National Average for Punctuation, but is doing 13% below for Grammatical terms and word classes. With that knowledge, you might want to investigate why that is the case.

Very simply and clearly, you can see each pupil’s strengths and challenges and be able to work with them to change this.

This analysis is perfect for tutors and individual teaching assistants as they focus on the areas to aid catch-up and recovery from the time away from formal education.

“In regards to the QLA as we have such a large cohort – it is good to look for areas/types of questions where children have struggled and we need to focus on further in the future. The QLA for each individual child is useful when looking at specific children within groups SEN, FSM, PP looking particularly at their individual progress in each subject.”

Headteacher, Fernwood Primary School, Nottingham

Cohort by Cohort

For a full analysis of your results, you will need to look more than at your school overall or the overall score per pupil.

We break the results down in your various cohorts – gender, disadvantaged, SEN, EAL and prior attainment.

For example, maybe when you look at your girls, you find that fractions are currently a problem, as evidenced by the results of certain questions compared with the National Average, and compared with your boys’ answers to the same question.

This analysis allows you to focus in on the different cohorts within your chosen year group and work with them on the areas in need.

We struggled historically with reading results at the end of KS2 and have used DAISI QLA to drill down into the reasons why reading was significantly lower than maths. Using QLA we found that the issues were EAL pupils struggling with vocabulary -we introduced word of the week, then realising we needed more, word of the day. We also put on additional pre teaching sessions with an EAL teacher. We also identified that inference was a massive problem and we made it our whole school target, had loads of CPD and this made a massive difference.

In 2016, our reading EXP was 54%. In 2017, it was 68% and in 2018, it was 79%. All down to QLA.

Deputy Headteacher, Seely Primary & Nursery School, Nottingham

New Ofsted Framework

The New Ofsted Framework dictates that whatever assessment you are using, you should have clear reasoning for what interpretations and actions you are going to use.

You should also have the time that is need to set assessments, collate analyse and interpret the data, and then be able to show you are acting on the findings.

Watch our video or click here for more about how QLA can help..

“After showing our Executive Headteacher the quality of the analysis you have provided, she has asked me to let you know how impressed we are with the analysis, including the speed we received it. We really appreciate the program you have developed to do this for our benefit. We could never have achieved the same depth of analysis with the equivalent cost of staff time.

Assistant Headteacher, Gleadless Primary School, Sheffield

DAISI Question Level Analysis

DAISI Education have been creating bespoke Question Level Analysis since 2014.

We believe that each school requires a personalised solution to their data needs and offer timely, unique and tailor-made reports which focus on the Insight – not the numbers – and aim to identify the Small Steps that lead to Big Changes.

  • Individual Pupil Profiles
  • Detailed Topic Insight
  • Forensic Cohort Analysis
  • Easy to read Graphs and Charts

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