Group performance tutorial video transcript – Julian Clarke

Julian Clarke transcript

My name is Julian Clarke  and I am the Head of Curriculum for Science at AQA. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how Heads of Department can use enhanced results analysis to assess results across their department from the previous exam series – and how it can be used to identify and troubleshoot areas that students have found difficult.

Using the group performance function , you’ll be able to pinpoint performance by class, set or teacher or other groups of your choosing, such as those supported by intervention activities. You can also set up your group preferences prior to results day, saving you time at the start of the new term.

I’ll show you how  to first create your groups, and then how to analyse them in the Autumn term.


To create your groups prior to results day:

First,  click on ‘maintain groups’ and then click on ‘create new’.

Next name your group , for example ‘GCSE Science Group 1’ and set your level of access. For example, if you want the groups to be visible to only you, select ‘private’ – alternatively, you can set read or read and write levels of access.

To add students  to your group, select the qualification, the year, subject group and subject entry code. For example, GCSE, 2018, Science, 8465.

Select the candidates you want to add to this group by ticking the box beside their name and number. This will allow you to split students into their different classes, sets and groups.

Click ‘save’.


Now that you’ve  created your groups, you’ll be able to access the data from each of these in September. Here’s how to do it:

As before , first click on ‘maintain groups’.

Then tick the boxes  next to all the groups you’d like to review – you can review up to 10 groups at a time. Then click on ‘marks analysis’.

Enter qualification type , exam session, subject and tick ‘include groups’ before clicking search.

You’ll now  be able to view comparative data for your groups: how they performed against all students entered by your centre last year, similar centres and all AQA centres. You can also see how they performed in relation to each other.

This will help you  to evaluate whether the strategies you used across the department or by individual teachers had the impact you hoped – to see which strategies may need improvement and to plan any changes to teaching and targeted intervention for students in following years, with the teachers in your department.

You may also find  the information helpful in supporting students as they progress to post 16 studies in your subject.