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 year 3 if a junior school), %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), and % persistent absence (i.e. % of pupils that have missed 10% or more sessions).

Where appropriate, national figures are provided for comparison. These are derived from DfE national statistics and relate to the latest whole year data, which will usually be the previous academic year. In the case of absence data, national figures may be older due to the publication date, which lags behind that of other data.

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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