Benchmarks are a collection of reference points which may provide a like-for-like context into which a school's performance results can be set. Benchmarks are constructed by looking at the pattern of results in national groupings of schools of similar types. These data sets help a school to compare their performance with similar schools across a range of relevant indicators. This enables a school to begin to answer some key questions in the school improvement cycle;
Using benchmarking as a tool in school improvement supports the development of a questioning culture within an organisation. It provides schools with an evidence base which improves their self-knowledge and understanding about the quality of their provision and the quality of their performance.
The comparisons will relate to;
size - the number of pupils on roll
socio-economic factors - the percentage of pupils known to be eligible
for free school meals
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