According to the University of Salford, as of September 2016, 2,075 out of 3,381 secondary schools in England had become academies and 2,440 of the 16,766 primary schools had gained academy status. However, the hitherto inexorable rise of multi-academy trusts may not necessarily continue completely unabated.
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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."
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.
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?
A well thought-out and integrated management information system (MIS) and other technology can provide a lot more benefits to a school than simply speeding up certain processes.
It's one of the big issues facing some schools: how do you make sure that all of them attend school? And punctually? It's not just a matter of making sure they're safe either: Ofsted requires every school to produce an attendance record.
There are several ways to keep children safe, both online and offline. Perhaps the first thing to recognise is that the two things are related. In an article entitled “Adolescents’ experience of offline and online risks: separate and joint propensities”, Anke Görzig states:
Teacher workload is currently firmly in the spotlight with recent surveys revealing just how strained teachers in the UK are on a daily basis. Time and workload pressures mean that on average, teachers are reported to work over 50 hours per week which is way above the UK average of 37.5 hours. This is causing teachers to have a poor work-life balance as well as increasing concerns for their mental and physical health.