The school performance tables: an evolutionary tale

The School Performance Tables were conceived, commissioned and delivered in 1993 by John Major's Conservative Government. Their rationale was to raise standards and hold schools to account.

SDA were there, then, at the very beginning.

During successive years we moved the tables onto the “world wide web”, introduced scripting to facilitate bulk updating, and began to introduce innovative programming to let people interrogate the data.
The introduction of the primary school performance tables was described as the "biggest print job since ration books". Their production was a logistical nightmare. Recognising this huge overhead SDA soon moved the goalposts, applying cutting-edge electronic processing to format the data so that it was easily edited and quickly updated.
Time and again we've saved public money and raised the bar.

Fast forward...

More recently we consolidated all three educational phases into a single website, simultaneously incorporating financial and workforce data, and of course Academies and Free Schools. Working with the Government's Transparency programme we routinely made all this data available to download via a range of file formats.

End of an era

After 23 years, on March 31st 2016 our long relationship with the Department for Education ended. New ways of working and a shift in Government strategy has seen the School Performance Tables rebadged as the Schools and Colleges Performance Service and made available on Gov.UK where the data will be processed "in-house". We wish them all the best.

Meanwhile, our outstanding code, techniques and abilities, trusted and relied upon by government for over two decades, go from strength to strength. And guess what...

We're available!