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.”
Schools go to a great deal of effort to keep parents engaged, with varying levels of success between primary and secondary, as discussed in an earlier blog; Which Schools Engage Parents More Effectively, Primary or Secondary? What is important to gauge is how involved parents actually feel with their child’s education. Using research conducted across the country, we analyse what extent they feel engaged.
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As parents, it is natural to want to be in the know about every facet of your child’s life. They are yours to raise and care for, and every good parent wants their child to succeed. When it comes to education, it is for many parents, the first time you are truly away from them. It is then the school’s responsibility to ensure that parents are engaged. As students progress, this relationship can change as well, and so Groupcall spoke to both parents and members of school senior leadership teams to analyse which the difference in parental engagement levels between primary and secondary schools.
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.