Lighthouse was created by Andrew O'Neill, Headteacher of All Saints Catholic College in north Kensington.
Following frustrations that published education data exists in 'silos', Andrew created Lighthouse to bring the information together so that it can be viewed in the round, providing greater insight into the needs and complexities of schools, multi-academy trusts and local authorities.
Lighthouse pulls in contextual school data, progress and attainment indicators as well as financial and benchmarking tools. A key advantage of Lighthouse is the ability to see this data in tandem without moving to other government websites. For example, a school's achievement data can be viewed alongside its fiscal position from both in-year and revenue reserve perspectives.
More recently, additions to the platform include analysis of political constituencies in relation to funding and Ofsted grades as well as bespoke analysis of roll positions of schools.