In my experience, as an ex-school data manager, you can never start preparing for results days too soon. It doesn’t matter whether it's your first or fifteenth results day, we always need to be ready for the unexpected. The last few years have definitely taught us that!
In my last role as a Data Consultant, each year I discussed ‘survival tips’ with school staff and my advice would always include ‘always do as much as possible before the actual event’. Results days can be long and hectic.
"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." - H. Jackson Brown Jr.
We’ll never think of every eventuality, but I highly recommend putting together an action plan or work schedule - we all love a good spreadsheet. I used to break mine down into sections such as Pre Results Days, A-Level Embargo Day, A-Level Results Day, GCSE Embargo Day and GCSE Results Day. It can be updated really easily and you’ll find the following year so much easier with it by your side. New colleagues will find it especially helpful, as processes and responsibilities can differ between schools.
*the above items were very specific to the school I worked at & my processes - these may not apply to you
When compiling it, think about:
Most schools will find the following action points useful:
Good luck and enjoy - your hard work will pay off!
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