One of the key principles of a good Ofsted inspection is that when the final meeting occurs with a Head of Department, subject leader, or Principal, there should be no surprises. The last thing anybody wants is for the inspector to say "Everything is good except that you haven't addressed X", only for the interviewee to say "Yes we do, but you didn't ask for that information."
“One of the greatest misconceptions about GDPR is that it is going to be implemented in a year’s time. This is not the case. GDPR became a part of our legislation a year ago when it was first passed. What we are operating under is a two-year grace period with which to sort ourselves out and prepare for the new law. By adapting to the requirements today, we can save time, effort and potentially a great deal of money.”
Software to Streamline the Working Lives of School Staff
Truancy has been a problem for schools as long as memories serve, and isn’t going away easily. It hasn’t always had the same level of attention as other issues, such as funding, strikes or workload, but truancy is always there, and is something every school should be looking to tackle.
In addition to our previous blog, examining the difference in perception between parents, senior leaders and IT professionals, we are continuing to dissect the Parental Engagement Effectiveness Report to better understand the implications for schools. The topic in question this time is about where schools go wrong in reaching out to parents of children.
Groupcall commissioned a large-scale research survey that was sent to schools and parents, with a view to evaluating the effectiveness of parental engagement– as seen by parents and the schools themselves. As you might expect, there were sections where all parties aligned and some where they differed radically. While the entire report is available for download here, this is the first in a series of six articles that analyses the implications of the results.
Given how efficient it is to use a management information system to keep track of absenteeism, communicating with parents and recording children’s progress (see What else can technology offer schools?), you’d think that every school in the country would find their MIS to be absolutely essential.
So, you've decided to implement a new system in school. Maybe it's a different way of reporting to parents, or a new way of assessing pupils without using grades or levels, or something really major like implementing a new MIS. Whatever it is, and no matter how large or small the project, chances are that at some point you will consult with other people to find out their views.
The 80:20 rule states that 80% of the outcome stems from 20% of the causes. In business, for example, it’s a commonly-held belief that 80% of sales comes from 20% of the customers, 80% of complaints arise from just the most difficult 20% of customers, and so on.
Having attendance and punctuality statistics available is a must: so far so obvious. These are the basic metrics a school needs in order to keep its children safe and on track. But have you ever considered the benefits of ‘meta’ metrics?