As I said in my last blog Mike Cladingbowl said at our meeting that in his opinion Raiseonline was too complicated and cited an example of colleagues poring over a scatter graph when there were only thirty children in the cohort.
If my memory serves me, when Raiseonline was first launched, the Full Report was roughly 50 pages. Since then it has grown to over 90!
For me, Raiseonline has always reminded me of that Jeff Goldblum quote from Jurassic Park – the bit where the characters are sitting around the table discussing the merits and other wise of the park. Ian Malcolm (Goldblum’s character) says, of creating the dinosaurs, “You were so busy trying to see if you could, you never stopped to think whether you should!” The copious charts of every variety in Raise have a similar feel. They smack of boffins in a bunker thinking of ever more unusual ways to display data. Like decorating their Christmas tree the motivating question appears to be “But could we do it like this?” – I wonder if the DFE had to print, bind and post the document whether it would be so long?
When I tweeted Mike’s comments a interesting exchange took place in which genuinely interesting ideas were put forward to improve Raiseonline. I have listed some of them here:
The FFT dashboard came out favourably as here:
So the question is, if Raiseonline were no longer to be solely the preserve of Boffins in a Bunker – what would you change? What would you like to see in? I look forward to the debate:
Since I posted this blog the following ideas have been put forward:
A point made about PRU’s access to Raiseonline:
Also the question of “Who are the Boffins in the bunker”? Are they the data wranglers at Raiseonline towers or are they also school leadership teams?
Exciting to see some activism as here from Charlotte:
Thank you for the debate so far!