However you cut it, data is here to stay and an important part of supporting learning. Before you read much further you should read or revisit our approach to monitoring at Priory Geography . Tracking students is about supporting students, not about Ofsted. One of the problems faced by Heads of Department is how to keep track of what is going on across a department. This is where our use of Google Docs comes in. As each data collection phase finishes, I identify those young people who aren’t making sufficient progress. What is important to note here is that the expected (or predicted grade) is a professional judgement by the teacher. All I do is add the name into the document and then the team enter any intervention strategies. At GCSE this overview allows me to get involved at an early stage.