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21st December 14
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Fischer Family Trust

Fischer Family Trust is an independent charity that supports projects in health and education, such as FFT Live.  FFT Live provides schools, Local Authorities (LAs) and education organisations with a wide range of online reports to support target setting, self evaluation and school improvement from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5.  The information is compiled using national data sets provided by the DfE and Welsh Assembly Government. 

Reports are provided at both school and pupil level for the key subjects and indicators for each key stage in two main sections:

  • Reviewing Past Progress (Value Added)

  • Supporting Target Setting (Estimates)

Filtering can be used to analyse the performance of different groups of pupils using different models and from school to individual pupil results enabling investigation of underlying causes of identified issues.  Trends can be identified over a three year period. 

In addition to the interactive reports, FFT produce a School Self Evaluation Report (Analyses to School Self Evaluation) in portable document format (pdf).  As with the interactive reports, this report collates data on individual pupils' performance in the end of KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4 tests, and analyses progress over a three year period.  It produces an overview of trends in performance for the school and for groups within it.  FFT uses a contextual value-added model throughout these analyses.  Reports are not provided for KS1, Infant or Special and Short Stay Schools.  Ofsted Inspectors may request the Self Evaluation report before an inspection takes place, in order for them to start drawing up hypotheses about a school's performance.  This report is available on FFT Live under the 'Self Eval' tab and also for Lancashire schools on the Lancashire ROSE secure website in the FFT section.

Who is FFT Live available for?

Currently FFT Live is available for all phases of schools except Nursery including special and short stay.  The School Self Evaluation Report is not provided for KS1, Infant or Special and Short Stay Schools.

How do schools access FFT Live?

Subscription to FFT Live is offered to schools via the LA at a reduced rate.  The LA invites schools to participate each year via letter and e-form on the Schools Portal post page.  Subscription runs from April to March. 

To access FFT Live, schools are provided with an administrator username and password via their LA.  The school FFT administrator then sets up users within the school.  Guidance for schools in setting up users within schools can be found under the 'Help' section on FFT Live in the document 'Admin Utilities – Getting Started'.  Schools are strongly recommended to always have two FFT Live Administrators set up at any one time.

Problems in accessing FFT Live

If you have a problem accessing FFT Live you should contact your school FFT Administrator who is able to set up new users, unlock accounts and issue new passwords.  For all other problems see contact details in the Further FFT help and support section below.

Further FFT Live help and support

Lancashire Schools (including Academies): Professional Support Team Helpdesk Tel No: (01772) 531555 or Email pst@lancashire.gov.uk

Non Lancashire Schools: Please email your Local Authority FFT contact.

Non Lancashire Academies: Please email FFT directly using your regular support email address - academy.support@fischertrust.org

For information on the FFT courses available in Lancashire contact the Learning Excellence Customer Services Team Tel No: (01257) 517195 or Email cpd@lancashire.gov.uk or visit their website at http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/lses/ 

Alternatively if you wish to book a consultancy in school contact the Professional Support Team Helpdesk - see contact details above.

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