How Assembly is solving the messy problem of MAT analytics

When we launched Assembly Analytics (our MAT analytics product) in early 2017, we were pretty much the first people to enter this market. We trod carefully - initially working with one MAT only (our wonderful partners at Astrea), before expanding to Windsor Academy Trust and Unity Schools Partnership. For over a year, we limited our customer base to those MATs only, while we learned lessons and refined our approach.

And learn lessons we most definitely did. Our wonderful early adopters have been actively engaged in helping us iron out glitches and ensure data accuracy. But we’re glad we moved slowly at first - it’s really not easy to build a great analytics product, and we think we owed it to our first customers to be responsive to their requests and needs, in return for their patience while we refined the offer.

And now, after almost two years of growth and development, we’re at a point where we’ve got a market-leading product (17 MATs and counting) which has been totally revamped for the new school year. So, if you’ve been considering Assembly, now is the ideal time to get in touch for a demo of the new system. To help persuade you, here are a few of the highlights of Assembly Analytics 2.0:

alt The Assembly Analytics 2.0 dashboard

  1. The look and feel is completely revamped. Our new version of Assembly Analytics is super-intuitive, with visual analytics to draw your eye to strengths and areas requiring focus. We’ve also used responsive design, so that the tool resizes perfectly to fit your preferred device and browser, whether that be a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.

  2. Pupil level data is now available. Previously, we’d been aggregating data and leaving customers to access pupil-level data in partner systems. While partner products can still be the best place to look at pupil-level data in some cased, in others we’ve discovered that it’s really helpful for MATs to be able to access pupil level data from multiple schools directly in the analytics product itself. So, we’ve now added this feature to key dashboards within the revamped tool.

  3. Our benchmarks are more sophisticated than ever. One of the big attractions of Assembly Analytics since launch has been that we don’t just offer MATs access to their own data; we also include benchmarks which we’ve calculated from a range of sources, including DfE statistical releases. The good news is that our new product involves even more benchmarks, extending beyond the first measures we covered, and wherever possible using a percentile scale. So, for example, we don’t just tell you your MAT’s attendance; we can update you on your headline attendance, persistent absence, and authorised/unauthorised figures, all in relation to national percentile scales for those data points. alt
    Assembly Analytics benchmarking

  4. We work even more closely with key partners to connect you to multiple data sources. One thing we’ve been proud of since launch is that we can pull in data automatically from a wide range of partners, so you’re not just limited to analytics data from one system. However, the truth is that partnerships take time to get right, particularly when automated sharing of data is involved. We’ve seen tools out there that let you manually upload data for analysis, and we get that this may be the only way for some people, but for us, automation is absolutely critical for both accuracy and reducing MAT workload. So we’ve doubled down on partnerships, and we’re now proud to say that:

    a. RM Integris and Scholarpack have both made Assembly their official MAT analytics partners, meaning that the second and third largest MIS vendors in the country have entrusted us with this crucial task. The benefits of deeper partnership in this manner can’t be understated - both organisations have invested in modern APIs (which is a fancy way of saying “interfaces”) to give us automated access to the detailed data that analytics requires. To be clear, we also work closely with other MIS - notably SIMS and Bromcom - so we can offer a MAT great analytics even if their schools are on a range of MIS.

    b. RS Assessment from Hodder Education (who offer the market-leading PUMA and PiRA assessments) and No More Marking (who provide hugely innovative writing assessment) are now both fully integrated with Assembly, offering you access to sector-leading standardised assessments alongside your MIS data.

    c. We also work with our friends at PS Financials to access summary finance data from across your MAT in an automated way.

If you like what you’re reading, then please do contact us for an online or in-person demonstration - we’ll be delighted to hear from you!