Power BI support for schools

Practical support for schools that want to use Power BI to improve school performance and cut admin time. We show you how to organise your source data, build dashboards (simple and more advanced) and then share them with colleagues.

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Our Power BI support is tailored to the needs of a non-technical school audience. We focus on solving the problems that busy schools face:


Create a different kind of school-wide data management and reporting solution. Implement Power BI in a way that encourages informed decision making - explore data, find insights and then make decisions.


Microsoft Power BI training for schools - affordable bespoke training built around real school scenarios.


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How to get started with Power BI

Power BI is easy to get to grips with and it gives you the tools you need to create interactive data dashboards. Here are some suggestions for getting started.

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  1. Download Microsoft Power BI Desktop - start building in-house expertise.

    powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/get-started/

  2. Use the support documentation on Microsoft’s Power BI website:

    powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/guided-learning/

  3. Identify a problem in your school where better access to data might be part of the solution. Perhaps you want a better view of predicted attainment across all departments?

  4. Choose one of your internal systems as a first source of data. Import some data into MS Excel - then connect to Excel from Power BI Desktop.

  5. Produce an early proof of concept/prototype and share it with colleagues. The point here is to introduce people to Power BI and gather feedback and ideas.

  6. Do further development of the prototype further. Extend it by bring in data from other data sources.

The Sheaf Digital Power BI for schools consultancy service is the place to start if you want more support. The initial consultation costs nothing and right from the start you will get ideas and advice to help you on your Power BI journey.