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Strathcona Girls Grammar School

An Octopus BI Case Study: K-12

Strathcona Girls Grammar

Strathcona Girls Grammar School

Informing parent teacher conversations and early intervention

Strathcona Girls Grammar-School

Melbourne, Victoria

800 students

Strathcona Girls Grammar is a medium sized K-12 school.  It aspires to be a nurturing learning community that develops intellectually curious, optimistic, life-ready young women who are empowered to shape their future in a rapidly changing world.

The Challenge

Strathcona collected a lot of data but it was difficult to access and use to inform decisions. 

“Not all staff who should have access to the data could view it and it was not in a format that was easy for staff to interpret,” says Ross Phillips.

The Solution

The school needed a partner who really understood education and the complexities of dealing with educational data, not just performance data for a business.

“In our initial conversations with Octopus we felt they understood this and understood our needs,” says Ross.

The Results

Heads of Departments, the Pastoral Team and Senior Leadership now all have access to Octopus dashboards.

“We are developing this so that every teacher will be able to see the student dashboards for just the students they teach,” says Ross.

Conversations with parents are much more informed, such as when a parent feels their daughter’s performance has dropped, or that she is not doing as well in one subject as another.

Strathcona Girls Grammar-School

“We’re using data to add to the human story and engagement, not reduce it”Ross Phillips

“Subject selection is also much more informed by the data we have on the students across the board, that we can now see on one screen. 

For example, we can detect trends such as year 10 Mathematics performance and the likelihood of students wanting to leave Mathematical Methods in Year 11”

Example class and cohort dashboard for Maths:

“We can also see how students are tracking over time to identify changes in performance that may warrant further investigation and intervention,” says Ross.

It is possible to compare different classes of the same subject and track trends and characteristics across the board.

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