New FFT Governor Dashboard now available!


Today, Fischer Family Trust (FFT) have launched the new School Performance Governor Dashboard, developed in collaboration with NGA and Wellcome Trust. For the past two years NGA has been calling for governors to have a specific summary of their school’s performance, and welcomed the launch of Ofsted’s data dashboard earlier thisyear. Despite giving a useful overview of a school’s performance, the Ofsted dashboard is somewhat restricted and does not offer the depth of detail needed by governors for effective challenge. 

By contrast, the FFT dashboard includes a wide range of school performance indicators which have been calculated by FFT, including value added pupil progress for all subjects, attendance by year group and a summary of strengths and weaknesses for the school. It gives governors the information they need to answer questions about how results and pupil progress compares to other schools, and see which pupil groups (e.g. FSM/pupil premium) are making good progress.  

The FFT Governor Dashboard will help school governors hold schools to account, support and challenge the leadership team and make more informed strategic decisions.  It provides governors with information about:
  • Summary school performance: analysis of the main school performance indicators including attainment (pupil results), achievement (pupil progress) and a summary of strengths and weaknesses;
  • Subjects: an analysis of pupil progress in core subjects (primary) and GCSE subjects (secondary);
  • Pupil groups:  a simple chart showing the progress made by different pupil groups over 3 years including pupil premium pupils;
  • School context:  a breakdown of school cohort by pupil groups (school and national);
  • Attendance: an analysis of absence (by pupil groups) and attendance (by year group).

Example versions of the dashboard  are available:

Primary School Governor Dashboard

Secondary School Governor Dashboard

FFT and NGA have also collaborated to create two new briefing guides for the 'Knowing your School' series - one for secondary governors, one for primary. The briefing notes give detailed guidance for governors on how to interpret data from FFT Governor Dashboard and use it to drive school improvement.

All schools subscribing to FFT (most schools in England) will be able to download the FFT Governor Dashboard from FFTLive ( and share it easily with governors. FFT will continue developing the governor dashboard and plans for the next 12 months include extending the dashboard to Infant school (KS1) and Post-16 (KS5) and developing an online interactive dashboard.