School Analytics Blog

Pupil attendance patterns in Power BI

Introduction How can we use Power BI in the fight to reduce pupil absence? In May 2022 the DfE launched a new initiative to improve attendance rates in schools - "Working together to improve school absenteeism". The challenge for those of us who work with school data...

Business Intelligence for Schools and Multi Academy Trusts

Business Intelligence for Schools and Multi Academy Trusts

Introduction Many schools and multi academy trusts are looking to improve their data analytics capabilities. Business intelligence tools like Microsoft Power BI can help you take your data to the next level with automated insights and visualisations that generate new...

Installation from Power BI App

Before you start To install, customize, and distribute the School Analytics template app within your school, you need: A Power BI pro license.Permissions to install template apps on your tenant. If you are not sure, contact the person in your school who is responsible...

Using Microsoft Forms with Power BI

https://youtu.be/hTsEDAHDqVo Many schools are using Microsoft Forms to gather the results of questionnaires sent out to parents, staff and pupils. Schools can also create forms that allow surveys, quizzes, and polls and even formative assessment, with different levels...

This year’s attendance vs last year’s attendance

Schools often need to compare this year's attendance against last year's attendance. Power BI gives us powerful new ways to analyse data, one of which is showcased by this visualization which allows schools to compare the percentage attendance this year, last year and...

Are unauthorized absences increasing in your school?

Unauthorized absences are difficult for a school to control. By definition, they are absences that you can't sanction, that still happen when you've had a word with parents about school time holidays, or even set fines. You may or may not have a problem, but what's...

Pupil Absence Maps in Power BI

A Pupil Absence Map can display the names and addresses of all the pupils absent TODAY, within minutes of morning registers closing. They allow your pastoral staff to take a very proactive approach to absence - by literally knocking on doors. Here's how they work......

Academic Weeks in Power BI using DAX

Working in school environments we often encounter time perios that are completely unique, terms and academic years spring to mind, and each of these needs a differnt approach to the more commonly used DAX formulae. Another example of this is the concept of an academic...

Power BI and Teacher Assessed Grades

How can Power BI can help teachers decide on teacher assessed grades?With many pupil databases it can be difficult to analyse the latest teacher assessed grades next to results from previous exam seasons. With Power BI, this becomes relatively easy, synthesising data...