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Why does Ofsted release FSM data on its website dashboards?

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jimmyjoejamtoe Mon 18-Jan-16 11:25:43

Attendance, results, etc, but why the number of students on FSM? What is the relevance of this data when a parent is viewing the school's info online and deciding whether to send their child there? Genuine question, baffled.

mummytime Mon 18-Jan-16 11:38:05

It is a rough and ready measure of relative deprivation, so if you look at two schools which both get 75% A-C grades but one has 20% FSM and the other has 2%, the second might be doing far better in difficult circumstances. It can also indicate hidden biases in intake, for example if both schools are supposed to be comprehensive in a similar area, well the first is selecting in some way, religion?

mummytime Mon 18-Jan-16 11:39:36

Sorry I just got my two schools mixed.
Obviously the one with 20% FSM is doing well with a deprived intake.
The one with 2% could have biase in its intake.

Lurkedforever1 Mon 18-Jan-16 12:41:39

Because in general, children on fsm don't achieve as highly as none fsm. So it's handy to know when interpreting the data.

ReallyTired Sat 23-Jan-16 20:24:12

League tables are unfair as different schools face different challenges. OFSTED provide information about the school's intake so that parents can make a fair assessment. Attendence is a rough and ready indicator of whether the children are happy since unhappy children are more like to fake illness for a day off school.

Ragdollcatbaby Sat 23-Jan-16 22:08:04

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