Panning for gold in Excel: how do you know what the data is telling you? | Mr Whellan’s science

For better or worse, schools are currently awash with data. Personally I like the stuff; when I look at the columns of figures, percentages and raw values in the January DfE release of secondary school data it is literally (and I mean that literally) the same as Neo seeing the background code of the matrix rolling down before his eyes. It’s an antidote to the January blues to comb all those juicy number columns for patterns across schools, to see turn over stones looking for clues to how some schools manage to exceed or reverse expectations and riffle through the golden wrappers of…

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