We are moving to using the 4Matrix 'Asessment WIthout Levels' system to capture the data for KS3. I love it! I am very impressed by the speed I can identify gaps for intervention.'
I find 4Matrix to be an invaluable tool in quickly providing senior leaders and teaching staff with accurate data. It is a reliable system, easy to use and update, and saves the academy substantial man-hours when producing reports for both internal users and external stakeholders alike.
4Matrix strikes again! A huge thank you for the latest release with the subject specific progress scores and updated Press Release. It is your willingness to provide what schools want - as opposed to be deterred by DfE recommendations not to predict Progress 8 and Attainment 8. Everyone understands why they have to make such recommendations, but for you to develop the system to allow Progress 8 to be modelled - so quickly to provide for the needs of your clients - is seriously impressive.
I just wanted to let you know how helpful and impressive I find 4Matrix. It is extremely useful and very well priced in comparison to other products I have either used or been presented. In addition to a great product, the staff I speak to are always highly professional, quick to respond and extremely resourceful. There have been a number of times where they have sent me over resources, implemented suggestions I have made into the product or had in depth discussions about your implementation of particular measures. Keep up the good work!
Prior to using 4Matrix the school had an efficient way of capturing and processing pupil data, but not efficient ways of being able to use the data to generate tangible outcomes. 4Matrix analyses data in a way that would take a huge and inefficient amount of time for a member of staff to replicate. It also has the added benefit that it removes the idea of a “gatekeeper of data” and allows every member of staff to become data-aware.
Last week I contacted the support desk to see if additional pupil information could be added to the pupil display section.
I was delighted when I logged on a couple of days later to find that ‘Extra Details’ has been added as an extra option on the right hand side of the screen. This allows teachers to see everything about that particular student, including the custom columns that we have created. Excellent service and support! Great to see that clients' requests and suggestions are taken into consideration.
Having received our new RAISE this week and looked at the new Progress and Attainment charts and compared them to your developments in the Progress 8 (Beta) section of 4Matrix, Surprise, Surprise! I am instantly able to model current teacher predictions in new RAISE progress and attainment style. AMAZING!
Many, many thanks for all your development work and the speed at which you implement new things at a time of huge change in school data systems.
Thank you all at 4Matrix - it was the easiest, least stressful and quickest exam results processing in my 8 years as a Data Manager - and I am confident that everything has been reported - unlike previous years with copious formulas in my own Excel sheets.... one HAPPY lady!
We are so impressed with the latest updates to 4Matrix with the Progress 8 chart additions. These are incredibly powerful and will certainly support our plans for intervention this year.
4Matrix is a fantastic product and I'm pleased to share all the great things it does with other colleagues.
This is our first year using 4Matrix and it has proved to be a fantastic tool on GCSE and A level results days!
I just wanted to say thank you for making results day and the analysis process much better, and a bit less stressful!
It has been my task to take a look at 4Matrix and present my findings to our SLG, something, at first, I did not relish the thought of. However, I have spent the last week teaching myself how to use it, experimenting, importing last year’s 2014 results, importing our current Y10 summer grades and I’ve found it nothing short of fantastic! The Application Guide is very clear and the tutorial videos are extremely useful. I could hardly contain my enthusiasm. I quite surprised myself! SLG were impressed with the reports I was able to give them. I love the new Progress 8 tool and now actually understand how that works. I also love the fact that you can link up to FFT live and import KS2 results so easily. This is the first year that I’m actually looking forward to GCSE results day!
Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone at 4Matrix. As a new school, we were facing our first Ofsted inspection without a robust and simple-to-use system for managing and presenting our data. We found the 4Matrix user interface to be intuitive and easy to learn, and as a result were able to present all the headline data and group analysis required during our inspection with little fuss. I’m convinced that 4Matrix played a significant part in helping us to achieve a “Good” overall rating. I look forward to the continued developments, especially KS5 tools, and will be recommending 4Matrix to other heads with whom I have contact.
The new Gap Analysis tool is going to save me a lot of time! Many thanks for your fantastic product, which I believe is still the best value-for-money, most comprehensive and most user-friendly product on the market.
We have been using 4Matrix for 3 months now and it has become an integral analytical tool. The regular updates and improvements to the system are impressive and the support team are extremely approachable and responsive. I can't recommend 4Matrix highly enough.
I just wanted to offer our thanks for such an informative and enjoyable day with the Systemic Knowledge-Driven Leadership event. The feedback from staff; SLT, middle leaders as well as subject teachers, has been overwhelmingly positive. I have already heard more than one anecdote of teachers finding trends of underachieving pupils and subsequently putting intervention into place - 2 hours after receiving the training!
From a personal point of view, I feel really enthused and motivated. The role of Raising Achievement is a new one for me and I know that 4Matrix will be a truly valuable tool.
Thanks must go to the consultant/trainer, for the professional, knowledgeable, yet approachable manner in which the training was delivered. They adapted the session to the needs of our school and dealt with our barrage of comments, queries and questions so very calmly and informatively.
Recent advances in the availability and sophistication of pupil level data have been enormous and can appear overwhelming to the layman. With 4Matrix, this information is presented in a clear, visual and user-friendly way so that all staff understand their role in driving up achievement and raising standards.
As a school, we will now spend far less time crunching data and instead, look forward to being able to dedicate this time and energy to analyse, to inform and adapt teaching in the classroom, to identify underachievement, to plan appropriate intervention, and to support pupils to fulfill their potential.
"I was amazed at how quickly we could import assessment data from our School Management System (Isams) into 4Matrix and then be analysing attainment results within minutes. A very useful tool that will save us hours in data manipulation tasks."
"There are some great new tools with this update. Subject tracking and LOP by subject which in the past has taken me 4 hours to produce one year group, now available in seconds!!!!!"
4Matrix is a great product. The analyses, graphs and reports are a real strength of the product - helping us to provide the evidence to make informed decisions. The time saved in analysing and reporting progress and attainment has been tremendous.
Our Leadership team and Governors were very impressed with the reports and information available as a result of using 4Matrix for the first time this year. We will now be rolling 4Matrix out to the rest of the schools in the Tapton Acadamy Trust.
4Matrix has really helped in our exams analysis; particularly in looking at groups like high, middle and low achievers, Pupil Premium and SEN. It is really quick to upload the information into 4Matrix and on Results Day we had our headline figures within about 20 mins. The Press Release gives us all the information we need and can be tailored for groups for an overview of their performance. The Transition Matrices are invaluable and can really help teachers see the progress of their students. We use these at each review stage to see progress from key stage 2.
“As a school we have found 4Matrix a very useful tool for tracking data and we were delighted to have the best GCSE results this year (53%, a rise from 39% last year!). 4Matrix has certainly been a key driver in helping us raise standards here.”
Like many schools, we are tackling social disadvantage head on. Using Research Groups in 4Matrix we are able to support their progress across the curriculum and in key Curriculum Areas. 4Matrix gives our Senior Leadership performance measures at their fingertips. For Curriculum teams - commentaries, benchmark comparisons, within school residuals (comparison). For Progress Leaders and tutors - individual pupil analysis and progress measures. We can even create our own research groups.
4Matrix has been transformational in terms of the time saved and the ease with which we can now analyse data for whatever pupil group we choose in whatever headline figure we need. Add to that the constant updates in-line with the ever-changing demands placed upon schools, and the swift response to user requests, and 4Matrix provides a data analysis system that is genuinely as up-to-date as you can get. A great tool that I would recommend to any school leader.
We have been using the new features of 4Matrix including the Transition Matrices this year. It has really helped direct resources to the kids most in need. On Results Day we saw the benefits and shared our successes easily with everyone in the Federation. All the schools I have been associated with have benefitted greatly from 4Matrix.
I have become more and more impressed with the power and depth of this tool. It is helping us drive school improvement and empower all leaders. I have to say that the recent updates are great- especially the Transition Matrices and the associated photo reports. Our Middle Leaders use the Subject Summary and the Target vs Actual tool to judge the accuracy of assessment and our predictions. They are really feeling empowered in using 4Matrix to drive improvement and raise standards. The interactivity and quality of the graphical interface are peerless. We are also looking forward to the new key stage 5 features that are in development.
As a school, we are new to 4Matrix, but it was invaluable on Results Day. All research groups had been set up, which meant analysis was so quick and easy. A fantastic product, I will be telling others! Thanks,
We have been working hard to update our 4Matrix data every half-term and push out the information to teachers. We’ve trained all middle leaders how to use the system and interpret the data, so that it has impact in the classroom immediately. This is a challenge for us. We have recently been using Flightpaths with G&T students and they love the data. So much so, other students are asking for the same print-outs and emails.
4Matrix has been highly effective in helping us to improve the capacity of middle leaders and improve outcomes for our youngsters. In a recent monitoring visit it was commented that the staff now have a far greater understanding of data and that is largely as a result of the data within 4Matrix that is easily identifiable and readily available to all staff. The information that staff are able to take from 4Matrix regarding student progress and attainment will play a huge part in enabling us to move towards good and outstanding.
On behalf of Marple Hall School, I would just like to thank you for your excellent product and your customer support over the last couple of days. As new users, this was our first go at using 4Matrix for 'real' and I cannot believe how easy and straight forward the whole process was! Whole school results were done in minutes and then Middle Leaders were able to really drill down into their results. My only complaint is that we hadn't heard of you sooner!
Just to let you know that we are using 4Matrix for the first time this summer and we are all very impressed with it - especially our Senior Leadership Team.
A Performance Management target for me this year was to integrate 4Matrix with our school data systems, and to promote its use by teaching staff. I felt this would be a daunting task, but looking back, the response from staff at all levels has been universally positive. SLT have enjoyed the overview functions; middle managers have used 4Matrix to speed up the creation of data - leaving more time for analysis; and classroom staff use the subject profile to monitor pupil progress at class level.
Furthermore, the export options allow data to be easily presentable to any visitors that might arrive at short notice!
4Matrix is a comprehensive toolkit and there is much more to learn, but I am enjoying the process. Regular updates and quick feedback from 4Matrix via Twitter and email are really helpful, and overall, having 4Matrix is making my professional life a lot easier.
Thanks for all your help yesterday. I got in very early this morning and now all our Examination Results data is sorted. I think this is the most stressful GCSE day I’ve had in 8 years because of all the changes. We are totally reliant on 4Matrix because there is no way we can replicate all the intricacies of the early entry and discounting etc in a spreadsheet.
We have used 4Matrix significantly more this year than previously. It has been a great help in our Raising Aspirations group, targeting individual students and giving them specific interventions. For maths, l love the use of the Flight Paths so that students can see the amount of progress they have made and where they are going.
Not a word I use lightly, but 4Matrix has revolutionised the way both senior and middle leaders access and interpret data at Swakeleys School for Girls. Gone are the hours of high level Excel formulas, filtering and colour coding for very little return (we have all been there!) - in its place we are now spending these hours actually USING the data (not working it out) to plan interventions and directly help pupils! We all now have instant access to grade entry analysis which is so easy to analyse and spot patterns in years 7-11. 4Matrix has also been an invaluable tool in planning curriculum change and most recently has been used as an extra level in setting targets. I am new to the data role this year - implementing 4Matrix has been so worth while for everyone, least of all me! I cannot recommend it enough and can't wait for 6th Form to be included too!!
I have been using 4Matrix for a while now. It is fabulous and so easy to use. The best thing for me is that I don't have to hunt around for data when I have a line management meeting. In 4Matrix we can go straight into the subject and see the latest data. I can hardly wait to see the new Progress8 tool as I spent all last weekend in Excel working it out.
We introduced 4 Matrix about a year ago - The system really helped with the summer analysis and I was able to use the Press Release and Research Groups in my report to Governors in August. Staff can use it to focus their intervention right down to group and individual level, which is where we find it is most powerful. We have a sig- KS2 PA cohort, so a lot of our students are in the target C/D group and every little thing we can do to help identify intervention helps!
I like the way in 4Matrix that I can easily create research groups – it allows me to monitor the impact of interventions across the school, without having to look at individual student data. I’ve also used the photo feature on the Borderline Analysis to identify (and put a face to) those students who need any extra last minute support. The new photo Transition Matrices will save me inordinate amounts of time as I can see instantly on a subject, class and school level where the progress issues are. Gap Analysis still to come and I will be a happy data loving bunny..
“I would just like to say that the new Transition Matrices tool is fantastic! Very impressed - thanks for this.”
“Since purchasing 4Matrix, we as a school have revolutionised our sharing of KS4 data and been able to investigate the pupil’s achievement over time much more rigorously across the school. The power of 4Matrix is equally useful however with individual pupils one to one.”
”I’ve just updated 4Matrix to the latest version this afternoon - including Transition Matrices - and I am really impressed with what you have done with this. No more playing around with pivot tables for us!”
"This is our second year of subscribing to 4Matrix and have only really dabbled in it up until now. We are really impressed with the reports and tracking that the package provides. It is so easy to use and important that you can import data easily either via SIMS or a spreadsheet. It is also great that you can drill down into the data if there is a problem. I also find your support excellent. "
4Matrix has proved invaluable during our recent Ofsted inspection, in which we secured our third consecutive Outstanding report. We had the ability to respond instantly to any request for student performance data whether current or historic. It certainly put us firmly in the driving seat in this most critical area of the inspection. I cannot recommend 4Matrix highly enough - it is an essential tool for all schools that are serious about raising achievement and safeguarding themselves against unexpected Ofsted data requests.
The 4Matrix software has provided us with the ability to quickly analyse data and drill down to class level, all at the touch of a button - a really powerful tool to support school self evaluation and in raising standards.
4Matrix has made it possible for all school leaders to turn data into valuable information that will have an impact in the classroom, it's difficult to imagine working without it now.
We could see that 4Matrix had real potential for our school, but following the SKDL training, our SLT, data team and subject leaders are genuinely excited about the ways in which it can support our current work, and save us time on our data analysis, enabling us to really focus on the next steps. We know it is going to make a real difference, thank you.
The ability of 4Matrix to place a veil of contextualisation over the top of our school data that enables our staff to see the data the way they need it, whether that be SLT monitoring, HOD or classroom teacher tracking, is really refreshing.
I just wanted to let you know how we were taken aback with the power of 4Matrix on results day.
What traditionally took 3+ hours was done in a matter of minutes. It enabled me to concentrate on the bigger picture.
I can't recommend 4Matrix highly enough!
4Matrix has made late Summer much more enjoyable once again! It has cut the time it takes to calculate our headline performance measures and begin to analyse performance in detail. Several days of Summer Holidays saved that would once have been spent with head buried in spreadsheets. On return to school 4Matrix will make the job of detailed subject level analysis much easier for our Subject Leaders and Classroom Teachers.
4Matrix continues to be one of the most valuable data tools that we use as a school. The support has been fantastic, as ever, and the product has continued to evolve to meet the ever increasing wealth of data that needs to be provided and analysed by various interested parties. In terms of value for money, this product is exceptional. I'd recommend it to any school. The benefits far outweigh the cost of the licence.
4Matrix has proved to be a real asset, it has really made a difference when looking at results, and has saved me a lot of time number crunching. So thank you to you and your team, I can’t wait to show subject leaders in September.
As a result of 4Matrix we were able to immediately analyse all of our results within minutes of them arriving - absolutely invaluable to look at all the key performance indicators, progress and value added for all students and groups immediately.
4Matrix has made such a difference to us in such a short space of time. We can now have an instant insight into where students are and where we are as a College, in terms of progress and achievement. It is accessible and easy to master; it has given us a confidence and understanding that we were previously lacking!
Our school had Ofsted in last week. The Section 1 interview about past standards and predicted standards was a breeze due to the work we’ve done on 4Matrix. We knew exactly where our areas for development were, which the inspectors concurred with. The required information about the Pupil Premium students was all to hand through the research groups. 4Matrix really worked in light of the short notice - everything was just ready!
Since introducing 4Matrix into our school we have not had to force, cajole or even persuade any of our teachers and middle leaders to use it! They love it and find it really useful. What more can I say? It's brilliant! We recommend it without reservation.
4Matrix has revolutionised assessment tracking for our school. Staff take ownership of their data and leadership are able to respond at whole school, departmental and individual student level rapidly and with impact.
Since we started using 4Matrix, we have rolled it out across the school and have been inundated with positive comments about the system from class teachers, heads of departments and SLT. We have trained staff in using it and have been so pleased with how well it has been received by all. The data team have successfully imported all of the Year 10 and year 11 report data into it for this year and are looking forward to using it this summer – it is a great tool !
I am fully converted to 4Matrix, and it has really created a buzz in the school that we were not expecting to such a great extent.
I have to say that 4Matrix is the most brilliant piece of data analysis software I have seen, it has already opened our eyes to a couple of really important issues that we just had not seen.
We are loving 4Matrix – and it is certainly having a real impact in encouraging senior and middle leaders to use data effectively to support their professional conversations with their teams, and of course then improving teaching and learning and outcomes! The quote from my AHT for KS4 at last night’s SLG was: ‘It’s just so amazing! Every time that I log in I discover a new tool to use, and it makes conversations about data even simpler than before.
The new features are fantastic! I have now put the KS2 results in for this Year 11 and so we are able to use this for all the Year 11 series - measuring levels of progress made, etc. I have also loaded the FFT estimates and these are also proving very worthwhile using the comparative feature of Target vs Actual. In the Pupil Display, it includes a printable report of all of these series with a wonderful graph. These new features, along with the Ebacc analysis, are so so useful for ongoing analysis and helps me enormously to provide analyses of each series for comparisons.
We have successfully used 4Matrix to analyse our Year 11 data for the last two years. Uploading is a relatively simple process and, once completed, produces some skilled analyses that would be difficult to produce using Excel. The subject profiles with commentary are very useful for subject leaders to aid their analysis of performance. 4Matrix represents the data in a visually appealing way which can be understood easily.
We have been using 4Matrix for a year now and the new version allows SLT to provide middle leaders with a detailed analysis of results, allowing them to forensically analyse performance. It allows senior leaders to drill down to the real detail thus improving teacher and school performance.
In our inspection in June 2012 the lead inspector was aware of the 4Matrix system that our school uses and was keen to point it out to the rest of her team. In my meeting with the lead Inspector on achievement I presented her with the press release pack for our Year 11 Summer fine grades with a comparison with the same period last year. The predictions we were making for our 5 A* - C (E&M) and 5 A* - C were accepted without any further discussions. The same data was also able to show the progress being made by our EAL students and this ticked off another box. At The Brittons Academy we also use our fine grades data to show the 3 levels of progress being made in English and mathematics. Again this was accepted without any real further discussion. 4Matrix is clearly fit for purpose and I will continue to develop how we use it next year.
4Matrix is the Holy Grail for Data Managers! Yes I did say that. I hadn't noticed that I had got so carried away! It is a testament to the quality of the software (and it can only get better), that it provides the majority of the important analysis that data managers need to make, and with 4Matrix we can do it on a regular basis with very little outlay in terms of cost or effort. This is a far cry from messing around with spreadsheets and formulas.
I can honestly say it is transforming our practice at BDS. I have used it to have all sorts of meetings with HoDs. We have written a load of OfSTED style questions that they need to prepare to answer and we are using it for all our data analysis. I have created groups (SEN/CiC/LAC etc AND high/mddle/low ability on entry) to help them so they are taking action on the issues and not just generating information. I shall look at the new version tomorrow and I am sure I will continue to be thrilled!
“I have been using Sims and Assessment Manager for 7 years now so I would class myself as fairly experienced. I find 4Matrix really gives us just what we need - I am still learning each time I use it. It is very user friendly and I have found the support the company has given us to be very helpful. Once the data is imported, the reports are so easy and have been extremely useful to the senior team and heads of year. Everyone is really pleased now with the information I am now able to provide. I also think the video tutorials are great!.
4Matrix has proved to be extremely valuable to classroom teachers and heads of department, particularly with last summer’s results. It helps leaders ask the key questions that need to be asked in order to plan and deliver school improvement. We use it to process report data too, which is helping us to track students’ progress efficiently and effectively.
I attended a recent Schools Network course in London where a flyer for 4Matrix was in the delegate pack, and I was able to give a whole-hearted recommendation to colleagues at the course on the value of this package.
Just a brief note to say how impressed I have been with the 4Matrix system. It has provided me with a far more detailed and incisive analysis in a considerably shorter timescale than anything we have used hitherto. We have a national profile for raising standards and our use of analytical data tools. As an 'Outstanding' school we have supported in excess of 200 schools across the whole country during the past two years. I shall be leading school improvement projects in London, Norfolk and Wakefield in the near future, and we have interest from the Inspirational Schools Partnership in the USA in our use of data to drive up standards.
4Matrix is an amazing piece of software that has saved hours of time that would usually be spent on data analysis. I used it for the first time in July of this year and I was extremely impressed with what it will do. Whether you wish to examine your data at individual student, teacher or subject level; it lets you do it with a few clicks of your mouse. It is intuitive to use and the support that you receive from the team is first class. I would recommend it to any school that wants to further empower their middle leaders to reduce In-School Variation as it removes the burden of time spent doing calculations and counting, and frees them to spend the time getting under the skin of departmental performance and changing things for the future. In my opinion, it is also incredibly good value.
I just thought I should get in touch and congratulate you and the company on 4Matrix. I have only been able to get to use it over the past couple of days but I have to say that so far I think it is a fantastic application. I don't think I or our SMT have had the time to fully appreciate all it will be able to do for us but I do know that it is going to make my life a lot easier from now on.
Can I say how straightforward the installation process was? We've tried various items of software that claim they integrate with SIMS, and often they take up a massive amount of technicians time to sort. 4Matrix was installed on the server, a workstation, and an analysis of last years results produced within a couple of hours!
Many thanks for producing a reliable, easy-to-use product
We use 4Matrix for monitoring student progress 3 times a year - especially C/D borderline students. One of the key benefits for The Brittons Academy is the time saved by the vice-principal and the data manager in producing key data reports. We use the Fine Grades tool to alert staff where interventions need to be made to ensure student success. A really nice feature is the ability to produce photo-montage posters that can be used in individual classrooms, heads of department and raising standards leader offices. 4Matrix supports many of the methods developed through working with the PIXL club.
4Matrix is a brilliant product. It has helped take the sweat out of working with student data and its level of interactivity is superb. We have been able to research differences between comparative performance for student groupings of our choice in a way that our school's information management system simply can't. The use of 4Matrix has helped us plan coherent change to make a difference to teaching and learning and hence standards
It's a good job we had 4Matrix on results day. Due to various problems (not with 4Matrix) we had all our results in a spreadsheet and needed a straightforward way of producing consolidated reports for our students. I must also say a big thank you to your support staff for sorting out a download problem. Apart from the excellent product I would suggest that your totally dependable support system is a crucial positive factor with 4Matrix.
4Matrix is a very sophisticated and well-developed tool for examining “Within School Variation” (WSV). It’s been well known for some time that a high level of WSV - performance differences between subject areas - is highly damaging, and yet is often difficult to pin down. 4Matrix provides hard evidence that’s proof against myths and misconceptions
My Initial impressions of 4Matrix are very good. It reminds me of the Pupil Achievement Tracker that I used to use a few years back, but much, much better. This is exactly the piece of software that I have been searching for to replace the PAT and I believe I have found it.
We recently began a trial of the 4matrix software and have been extremely impressed by its scope and versatility. It carries out far more searching and relevant analysis of student achievement and progress than I could ever hope to achieve with Excel. Very useful when I have to present data to our Governors! I have been equally pleased by the courteous, friendly and knowledgeable staff I have spoken with on contacting the support line
4Matrix is indispensable to us and I am delighted with the features of the new version. We use it extensively year on year – when the head asks for residual levels for teaching groups – I create it all from 4Matrix. When teachers ask for their performance sheets (especially for past years for their CPD) it is all there in 4Matrix.
We have 22% EAL with 16 different languages spoken within the school. 4Matrix has enabled me to analyse the performance of these different groups in seconds, making the use of my time more effective. In our recent Ofsted visit 4Matrix enabled the school to show how it used data effectively. Ofsted were very impressed with the adaptability of 4Matrix, and its ability to analyse different groups within the school e.g. Able and Talented, SEN, EAL, Gender,etc.
We ran the 4Matrix software using the mock grades as predictors and it was highly effective in predicting where interventions needed to take place on a department and individual student level. 4Matrix is a simple, easy to use and very powerful tool in identifying Within School Variation. It is rocket fuel for the self-evaluating school
Wow! We have been bowled over by the power of the data and the information 4Matrix has given us just in the first few hours today. My data manager was so impressed that he insisted on taking over the first part of our meeting this evening with a presentation of what 4Matrix told us about our data. I only gave it to him at 11.30 this morning! All my team who saw it immediately realised its potential and were asking probing questions about pupil performance.
We have had a changing profile of pupils in recent years which has affected our traditionally high percentage of A*-C grades. Your software has enabled us to “tell a different story” just in the first few hours of using it. We will be able to target our attention much more precisely as a result of 4Matrix. Congratulations on a superb school improvement tool.
One Head of Department referred to 4Matrix as ' the most useful diagnostic tool I have come across in my career'. The comment was greeted by a nodding of heads all around the room. The governors accepted the (4Matrix) reports without question. All the answers to their questions were obviously there. They usually ask questions about percentages of A's and B's etc but the software took their thinking on to higher levels - now that IS impressive.
Prior to using 4Matrix I would have had to spend hours number crunching, only to produce complicated tables of analysis that only those with a background in mathematics could understand and put to good use. The 4Matrix toolbox is so simple to use. I have described it as being "idiot proof". All of our Curriculum Team Leaders have found the package easy to use, and have therefore began to really evaluate and review their performance with confidence. Consequently, SMT use the package to set team targets with team leaders, who then use this information to set individual teacher's targets.
Our aim to reduce 'within school variation' has been greatly enhanced with 4Matrix. It has allowed Senior/Middle Leaders and their teams to get beneath the headline A*-C figures and ascertain who has really added value to their subject areas/teaching groups/students. It has raised the pertinent questions and stimulated appropriate dialogue that never before took place comprehensively, with respect to the college as a whole. And the icing on the cake is that the data is there at our fingertips from GCSE results day, hence allowing our target review and setting cycle to start earlier
4Matrix has already proven to be a helpful tool that allows us through its graphic display to immediately draw insightful conclusions that are not readily apparent from the raw data alone.
The ability to make comparisons between subjects has given us a real handle on in-school variation at KS4 and already Senior Team subject mentors are beginning to ask colleagues about the underlying causes for differences in subject achievement. We are now in a strong position to develop searching questions that will become the basis for collaborative improvement on many levels. 4Matrix has improved our whole school evaluation and is further informing our judgments with respect to the school’s School Evaluation Form (SEF).
This software has allowed us to move away from calculating numbers and to focus upon action points. It graphically highlights success and underachievement and enables Heads of Department to channel their energies into action planning, both to build upon success and to research the causes of underachievement.
As a Deputy Head in charge of assessment I can see that this tool alone has enabled our school to refocus, recognise strengths and weaknesses and target the support we need to provide to students and our professional priorities for developing teaching.