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Lauren Thorpe

Lauren Thorpe

Head of Data and Systems,
Ark Schools

Lauren is the Head of Data, Systems and Improvement at Ark Schools. Lauren leads on all aspects of Ark’s approach to data – from its purpose and rationale for collection, to how it is collected and aggregated, to the systems that we use improve the quality of the data and to visualise it effectively, through to the signposting to actions which follow. Lauren is a current member of the DfE Education Technology Leadership Group and was part of the DfE working group on workload in 2018, which published the “Making Data Work” report. Prior to joining Ark, Lauren was most recently the Principal of a secondary free school in central London, holds a master’s degree in ICT in Education, and bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

  • Auditing how data is collected and managed within a school and assessing how effective and proportionate those processes are
  • Introducing strategies to enhance data efficiency with clear accountability on data processing activities, staff training and automation
  • Exploring how data quality can be improved with a focus on consistency, standardised processes and streamlined data collection
  • Reviewing who needs to be involved in data collection, the purpose of the data inputs and who the information is benefiting