School Reporting Suite

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Overcoming The School Reporting Challenge

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At Aspiring Panda the developers of the School Reporting Suite, we passionately believe that our reporting solution can help improve a number of different aspects of the school reporting challenge.

Our proprietary pupil assessment, tracking and reporting system is designed to overcome the challenges of even the most dynamic teaching environments that many other solutions do not.

Configured To Any Curriculum

With so many different types of schools and curriculum across the world, we have developed our system to be configured to work with any curriculum grading scheme. If there is more than one curriculum being followed, this can be done within one system rather than having to be operate two independently of each other.

We provide the schools the training and support they need to implement an easy to use system that suits their requirements.

Supports Multiple Languages

With schools particularly those that are faith based communicating in more than one language, we have developed our system to allow users to toggle between different languages with ease.

This can help schools manage multiple curriculums and communicate effectively with parents.

Custom Reporting Design

To overcome the school reporting challenge, we let schools access the information they want to see in the format that works best for their needs. This means that teachers and senior management can access the information they want to see, displayed in the way they want to see it in real time.

This increases engagement with the information and can make identifying trends and areas that require attention easier to identify.

Can Be Accessed By Teachers From Anywhere

With our cloud solution teachers can access and update their pupil reports from anywhere with an internet connection. This allows teachers to manage their time more effectively, particularly wif they are taking their marking home or getting some work done when the school is closed.

This flexibility is extremely popular with users of the School Reporting Suite.

The Six Week Summer Holiday Myth

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We work with many different schools operating on different models and curricula and they all tell us that the most stressful and important times in the school calendar is the end of year exam and reporting period.

Thankfully this is now at an end and schools up and down the country have been coming to the end of their school year and starting the long summer break.

Yet as the children leave and the school gates are locked behind them, teachers, management and administrative staff are already thinking of next year.

Whilst we do not want to ruin the first weeks of holiday for the teachers reading, we acknowledge that whilst there is time to relax and recharge. We all know the “six week summer holiday” for teachers is a myth, some of you may even be reading this from your school or classroom as you opt to do as much as you can at the start of your holiday.

The changing curricula means that time saving planning from years gone by may need tweaking or rewriting entirely. In a rapidly changing and high pressure education system, There is planning, preparation and action to be taken to get ready for another physically and mentally demanding school year.

The ongoing pressures on teachers are something we are aware of at School Reporting System and we are working hard to ensure that where possible we can make the bit after the summer as easy to manage as possible from a reporting perspective.

We know that when implemented our solutions can save administrators and teachers alike time by making the reporting process easier and increasing the ease of performance tracking and report generation.

Giving teachers more time and less admin is our goal and in the meantime we wish the hardworking educators of Britain happy holidays.

 

Technology Is Intertwined With Teaching

 

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Since the invention of the abacus, technology has been shaping the way children are educated. Things have changed a little since ancient times, with recent advances in technology happening at a staggering rate.

It is only 30 years ago that computers started to be commonplace in schools. Yet, now they are an indispensible teaching tool. This is not only due to the access to information they can give children of all ages, but also has to do with the central role that technology plays in the lives of students, both now and in the future.

We now live in a digital economy. As a result, the ability to use technology effectively will be a key tool for students once they finish their studies and begin looking for a job.

This means that technology needs to be intertwined with the way that children are educated. Schools are adapting quickly, with more than 70% of schools giving pupils access to tablet computers during the learning process.

In nearly 10% of schools, each student has their own tablet device. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of tablet computers in schools is expected to rise from about 430,000 to almost 900,000.

What Next

Technology is going to continue to evolve. The challenge for schools will be to continue to adapt to get the best results for children. In an article for the BBC, Dr Clarke of the University of Cambridge spoke about the role of technology and how it will evolve:

“The type of device might change, but it’s not going to go away. It will almost seem ridiculous if some of them are not using technology,” she said.

Moving forwards, the challenge is always going to be finding the balance between adopting technology and keeping the focus on knowledge. This is particularly salient given the distraction that technology can provide, which is something that has had some senior figures in education wanting to discuss the banning of mobile phones and even iPads in schools.

Tip of The Week – Coping With School Reporting Season

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As the weather gets better and the summer break creeps into view, it brings mixed blessings; for one thing pupils can be harder to motivate as they drift into holiday mode. Then, of course, there are the reports to write.

Traditionally, reporting is a time consuming and laborious task, that involves scouring through previous tests, reports, and notes in order to put together more than 20 reports. These need to be typed up, checked, reviewed, and amended before they get anywhere near a parent.

This produces stress, long hours, and is enough to test the patience and will of even the most driven and experienced of teachers.

The process of writing reports can vary widely from school to school: some rely on the traditional paper based model, whilst others look to cloud based software to manage pupil tracking and report generation.

Regardless of what system your school uses, we asked our resident teacher to give us their top tip on how to cope with the school reporting season.

The tip they gave revolves around having the tools to hand to craft unique and engaging reports with a little help from a structural crib sheet.

Have a crib sheet of useful comments to hand

Parents want to know how their children are getting on in a clear and easy to understand way. Next to the CTRL – C copy shortcut embedded in your brain, having a list of useful comments in your mind can save time and add depth to your reports.

These key phrases could include things like “grasps new concepts quickly”, or has a “lively imagination”, which help paint a picture of the child’s progress.

If you are still struggling for ideas, we found this inspiring and quirky book on “how to survive the first year of teaching” which has useful tips even for those whose first year of teaching was long ago.

What Is the School Reporting Suite?

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The School Reporting Suite is designed to allow educators to assess, track and report the progress of students. It is designed to work across a wide cross-section of curricula, and to be usable in a wide range of languages.

This flexibility, along with its cloud based functionality, has meant that we are receiving more and more enquiries from the senior management teams of schools using a faith based curriculum.

So What Does The School Reporting Suite Do?

Assessment

The School Reporting Suite is an online reporting system that allows teachers to record every test or exam result of every child in a given class.

The system is also easy to use, and much less time consuming than manual data entry. As SRS is a cloud based system, it allows teachers to update information and records from any location, 24 hours a day, dependent only on having connection to the internet.

Tracking

This assessment monitoring tool allows teachers to analyse the results within the suite at the click of a button. This means pupil’s achievements can be tracked against targets, enabling the school to identify those students that need help. Subsequently, it can also be used to gauge whether interventions are successful.

This can represent a significant time saving for teachers when compared to a paper based system, while also enabling the ability to access information instantly based on the needs of school managers and teachers.

The system can be fully customised to the needs of the school and curriculum to make the assessment tracking and reporting system as simple as possible.

Reporting System

This progress can be presented to school management who can track where teachers are in completing their assessments in real time. These can then be passed for comment , reviewed, and sent back electronically, saving time for all parties and resources such as paper and printing ink.

The reporting system puts results in an easy to analyse format for all stakeholders. When complete internally, it can be sent to parents electronically who can send it back with comments.

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