Introduction to the Demographics report

The demographics report provides an essential summary of your school's community. It gives a whole school overview and helps add context to other data, which helps explain why standards may be higher in one cohort than another.

To access the report, click on Cohorts > Demographics

This will display the demographics reports for the current academic year.

You can select a report for a previous academic year from the dropdown in the top right hand corner. You can also opt to print or save to pdf by clicking on the print button.

The top half of the report is devoted to a whole school summary which includes:

  • Number on roll
  • Ratio of boys to girls
  • % EAL
  • % of pupils that joined the school in reception or lower (or Year 3 if a junior school)
    • In other words, the % is the total number of pupils in Reception (or Year 3) or higher who joined in Reception or lower (or Year 3).
  • % SEND (with further breakdown to SEN Support and EHCP)
  • % Ever 6 FSM (i.e. pupils eligible for FSM in the last 6 years)
  • % absence (i.e. % sessions missed: overall, authorised, unauthorised)
  • Overall absence is calculated by taking the sum of absent sessions for each pupil, then dividing by the sum of each pupil's possible sessions
  • % persistent absence (i.e. % of pupils that have missed 10% or more sessions)
    • This is calculated using the calculation (Authorised Absence + Unauthorised Absence) / Possible Sessions >= 10%.

Where appropriate, national figures are provided for comparison. More details on the national data used in Insight are on this page.

The Demographics report refers to 'Ever 6 FSM', not 'Disadvantaged'. This is to align it with the DfE compares schools website. The disadvantaged group includes looked after children, data for which is published late in the year.

The bottom half of the Demographics report shows a breakdown of the key characteristics of each year group.

This section quickly reveals year groups with notable challenges and is particularly useful when cross referenced against attainment and progress data as it can help explain disparities in standards across the school.

The Demographics report is especially useful for audiences such as governors and is the perfect complement to other reports such as Statutory Assessment and Headlines.

All assessment data should be viewed in context and that's why we created the Demographics report. We hope you like it.

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