Schools should be sharing accurate and timely data with the local authority on pupil transitions and destinations. Gatsby recommends that schools collect and maintain accurate data for each pupil on their destinations for 3 years after they leave year 11.
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are undergoing a pilot project with the local colleges and a few identified schools on a Destinations Data Sharing Agreement (DSA). The agreement sets out a plan to collect and share data between institutions at key times.
Benefits to the college:
Benefits to the school
There are further supporting documents below including the example spreadsheet that all schools with Compass+ can download from the platform.
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Our Compass tool was developed in partnership with the Gatsby foundation to assess a school’s performance against the Gatsby benchmarks which state for ‘Schools should collect and maintain accurate data for each pupil on their education, training or employment destinations for at least three years after they leave the school.’ The benchmarks set a high standard of career guidance based on international research and best practice. DfE have recognised that this may be difficult for some schools but encourage schools to begin to put processes in place that will help them make better use of destination data.
The expectation of 3 year destination tracking is from KS4. We would encourage sixth forms / colleges to track from KS5 because we think it would be useful to help reflect on provision and advice given as well as inform future programmes, but it is not an expectation.
When students enrol at your school or college, as long as there is a clear privacy statement that is advertised on your website and it is made clear to the student/parent upon enrolment, it will enable the school to track student progression information as long as it is for ‘legitimate purposes connected with their enrolment, education and progression as a student’. For the purposes of the DSA on this page it is all that would be required.
For anything above and beyond this information and for other purposes consent should be taken from the students and there are further examples on this page.
Schools and colleges must report on the intended destinations of Year 11 and 12 students as part of the September guarantee process. Each LA must ensure that every young person has a secured place in an education or training provider up to the age of 18. Each LA has a different timeline and process for this so please check with your own LA.
There are a number of ways to collect destination data that are not too labour intensive. You could consider:
The level of information within the DSA will help to inform the strategy for any institution. What it will not do is enable any institution to target individual students for marketing purposes.
The Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) provides school and college institutions with a cohesive agreement that can:
• Support students and all key stakeholders to understand all routes available to them (including technical and vocational routes)
• Identify which students require support in making a successful transition, particularly students from Year 11/13
• Provide relevant support and resource to ensure that all students can pursue their best next step.