Tag Archives: variation

Top of the Table

When the Chair of the House of Commons Education Committee asked Michael Gove (Secretary of State of Education at the time) about comparative performance measurement between schools, this happened: Chair: If “good” requires pupil performance to exceed the national average, and … Continue reading

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Find The Treasure

“It’s just the starting point for asking questions”. That’s what I often hear people say about this sort of thing. (Look at all the pretty colours). Well, it’s not. And the questions are usually the wrong questions, asked of the … Continue reading

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Stick Child’s Guessing Game

Stick Child and his friends sometimes play a game where they take turns to throw dice and everyone tries to guess the number that will come up. It’s an enjoyable game, but the stick children know it’s just a bit of … Continue reading

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Straight Lines

The other day, Stick Child was playing with his next-door neighbour, Stick Friend. At first, they were having a great time playing with her pet, ‘Stick Stick Insect’, but soon Stick Child noticed that Stick Friend seemed a bit quieter … Continue reading

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Stick Child’s Guide to Systems Thinking

“What is systems thinking?” This is a question I’ve heard quite a lot recently. So, with the assistance of our little friend Stick Child (yes he’s back by popular demand!) let’s take a look at the subject in very straightforward … Continue reading

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Stick Child’s School Project

Over the last few weeks, our little friend Stick Child has been doing a really interesting school project about a thing called variation. Not everyone knows about variation. His project is called: “Understanding Variation (For the Very Young or Pathologically … Continue reading

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Why ‘Year-To-Date’ is Rubbish

‘Year-to-date’ figures are often used in performance frameworks, both in the public and private sectors. In policing, ‘year-to-date’ figures are regularly used to track the number of reported crimes at any given point in the year, supposedly as an indicator of whether the police … Continue reading

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