The Education Open Data Challenge is now complete. Three finalists, In Context-Brenda, Illustreets and Skills Route were chosen at the Creation Weekend in March 2014, while Skills Route went on to win the challenge.
This challenge invited teams to come together to create products and solutions using open data to help parents make informed choices about their children's education in one (or more) of three key areas:
1. Expressing a preference for a school
2. Choosing a subject or other learning priorities
3. Engaging with their children’s learning
Whether helping parents to better understand how their child is performing compared to others; enabling them to raise challenging issues at parents’ evening, or supporting them to understand which local schools or GCSE subjects are most suited to their child, this challenge had the potential to ensure parents bridge the ‘home – education’ gap and ultimately improve their child’s chances of success in life beyond school.
Skills Route is an online tool that uses open data on the post-16 performance of schools and colleges in different subjects to help young people identify providers offering their chosen subjects and their personalized expected grades at each. Based on these predictions, the tool also lists potential higher education institutions and career progression routes with average salaries. The team was annouced as our Challenge Winner on 17 June 2014. Find our more about Skills Route via their website.