School performance project worth £24m ‘not the right time’ says DfE

Plans to display school performance data on one platform have been shelved by the Department for Education (DfE).

The department has confirmed it has abandoned its development of the £24m School Performance Data Programme, which aimed to pull together performance data for schools across England on one platform.

The DfE told ComputerworldUK magazine that the development of the project, which was due to be delivered by RM Education, had stopped because of “delays in its implementation”.

But the department also said the programme may be revived in the future.

A DfE spokesperson said: “It had become apparent that the programme was going to experience some delays to delivery and with a significant IT transformation programme taking place within the department, and other changes across government, including a proposed Crown Hosting Service, it is clear that it is not the right time to progress with this work.”

“In the meantime, the DfE and RM have committed to working together to continue to deliver the school performance tables and associated services in partnership.

“We remain committed to the vision of the School Performance Data Programme and will reconsider it as other reforms are completed.”