For a Special Pre-Release Hack, The Department for Education released their National Pupil Data Set to a select number of our developers with a view to help them, and ordinary people, better understand the dataset.
It’s a big dataset, collected over several years, focussing on attainment through national public examinations at: Keystage 2, Keystage 4, Keystage 5
Each set contained ~600’000 pupils (from England). For each individual there could be up to 400/500 pieces of data. The dataset details ‘journeys’ for up to five years of the same person: for example, their KS2 (2004), KS4 (2009) and KS5 (2011) results.
The hacks produced at the hack day helped to identify how the dataset can be used to help parents and students decide what path to take through education, including what subjects tend to lead onto related subjects at higher keystages, and which local schools would suit students with particular strenghts and weaknesses.
We hosted several under 18's as well as parent aged developers and designers who came up with prototypes to with a range of perspectives.
We were honoured to host the RT Hon MP Michael Gove, as he came to watch the hacks as they were presented, and discuss the apps with the groups and individuals present, and how the data can be improved to bring benefit to the countrys education.