Over the last few weeks I’ve been asked by several schools for help in tracking pupils who arrive late at the school, usually because they’ve moved schools but sometimes because they’ve arrived from another country. These so-called ‘high mobility’ pupils can sometimes underachieve, so identifying and tracking them is important. There’s also an element of self preservation here for schools, as a large number of arrivals just before a keystage can adversely affect results. So schools want to be able to show the progress of the recent arrivals and compare their progress with that of pupils who have been with the school since the start of the keystage.

The demo describes how top use Assessment Manager’s ‘Group Filter’ to achieve this. Alternatively, if you want to print the instructions, here’s a step by step guide:

  1. Right-click the ‘Student’ column heading.
  2. Choose ‘Select additional student columns’
  3. Tick the ‘Admission Date’ option and click OK
  4. Click the ‘Summary’ button to add the four extra lines to the bottom of the marksheet and hence display the average point score for the whole group. Make a note of it.
  5. Click the ‘Group Filter’ magnifying glass icon
  6. Press the include button
  7. Press the small + sign by ‘Academic term of admission’ to expand all the choices. Tick the relevant boxes to include the pupils who arrived since the ‘normal’ start date.
  8. Click ‘Apply’ and make a note of the average point score. Compare with the points scores for the whole group.
  9. Click the Group Filter button again.
  10. Press the Exclude button and repeat the selections you made last time (see above). Click ‘Apply’ and the average point score for all the remaining children will be displayed.

And that’s it. If you need more information, contact me.