2021 Data Trends 

Throughout the Autumn Term, and as our community grows, we’ve been able to gather more feedback than ever which is the most valuable insight we have in determining how to progress our product roadmap and ensure we’re always meeting the requirements of our customers. 

As a result of the reduced focus on the statutory end of key stage results, especially Progress 8, we have been making plans to bring back more traditional attainment measures in our reports. 

Attendance has been at the top of the agenda for most schools, and we have focused on improving functionality in the reports to respond to it. Many of our schools have been inspected throughout the year and have been able to demonstrate the impact of their work through the reporting available in Assembly Pro.  

We have seen more requests to introduce third-party data to the vast array of MIS data already available as standard in both our solutions. We are working with a number of strategic partners and will be able to reveal more about them and about our plans together in the coming year. 

This year, our Head of Product for Analytics, Charlotte Harling, was asked to take part in the judging for the People category in the prestigious EdTech50 yearbook. With hundreds of nominations, this growing movement of EdTech experts had their work cut out when it came to a shortlist. You can find the magazine here, with Charlotte’s judge’s insight on page 19. 

New Trusts 

As trusts grow and take on more schools, we often hear about the challenges of a mixed MIS estate when it comes to data aggregation. This group represents over 20% of trusts nationally, and we’ve had the privilege to support many of them this year with Assembly Pro, powered by Xporter.  

It’s hard to have escaped the recent media attention which has focused on the largest MIS providers, but as an MIS agnostic provider, we would encourage all trusts to take a look at what AssemblyPro has to offer when it comes to trust data analytics. 

What to expect in 2022 

We are looking forward to a new year full of surprises and new releases. We always try to take as much feedback as possible on board from our existing customers, those searching for a solution and from the huge amount of knowledge and insight within Community Brands UK.  

The 2022 roadmap includes several exciting developments: 

  • Growing our strategic partnerships and integrations with a number of best-of-breed third parties to bring unrivalled capabilities when it comes to MAT analytics
  • We have always tried to use our technological expertise to democratise data and information. Our new web-based app, Assembly One, is an integral part of achieving that and will aim to bring meaningful insights to many more colleagues. You will hear more about it in the spring term! 
  • As our community grows, and in response to the pandemic, ever-changing requirements on schools and trusts, in turn, become our requirements too as we are supporting so many with their data strategy. Keen to contribute and provide feedback? Get in touch and share your wishlist in the new year.  
  • We will be running a number of online (and hopefully in-person) events aimed at bringing like-minded trust leaders together to share best practice and gather feedback. We’ll be exhibiting at the BETT show (January 19-22). Meet us at stand ND91! 
  • We are sponsoring the International School Awards 2022. Watch the awards ceremony here on January 18th