A web-based tool makes complex statistical information about schools in the UK available at a glance.
Schooloscope is a project launched this week by the design consultancy BERG, aimed at making information about primary school education easily accessible. Each school in England is measured by a handful of Parliment-run organizations (namely Olfstead and DCSF), each of which report detailed statistical measurements of students and schools; Schooloscope takes this complex data and makes it available to the public through at-a-glance visualizations and map tools.
The Berg team explains below:
Why? A little of my personal politics. Education is important. And every school is a community of teachers, kids, parents, governors and government. The most important thing in a community is to take part on an equal footing and with positive feeling. Parents have to feel engaged with the education of their children. As great as the government data is, it can be arcane. It looks like homework. It’s full of jargon… and worse, words that look like English but that are also jargon. Schooloscope attempts to bring simplicity, familiarity, and meaning to government education data, for every parent in England.