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Can You Really Scrap A-E Grades and Reporting

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There is a requirement for schools of all types in the UK to have Ofsted compliant systems of assessment, tracking and reporting.

The way that education is measured and reported is an area where professional opinions can differ significantly.

In the UK schools are bound to track, assess and report pupil progress in line with the national curriculum; however there are some schools outside of the UK that are trying a different reporting system.

One such experiment is taking place in Australia where Nossal High School has removed grades from its reporting because they found parents and students were giving them too much attention and missing out on important feedback.

The Assistant principal, Sue Harrap said she felt that the previous mandatory reporting style left teachers feeling “boxed in”.

Instead students and teachers contribute to the new report cards and rate the student’s knowledge, skills, participation, reflection and study habits.

The tracking and assessment reporting system that the school is using is published to families four times a year and contains more information that a traditional grade focussed report.

Importance of Assessment Tracking In The UK

The experiment in Australia highlights the benefits of bespoke assessment and measurement in the participating schools. In the UK the national curriculum means that schools are obligated to measure and track certain endpoints and monitor progress.

However, for schools looking for additional flexibility due to an alternative measurement of success or those operating within faith curriculums, bespoke school reporting can allow for a higher level of visibility and engagement.

This can improve the communication and reporting between education managers, teachers, parents and the students themselves.

Although the UK curriculum does not allow for the following of the model being adopted in parts of Australia, there is certainly some validity into looking at how school reporting can better serve those involved.

Kodesh Curriculum Case Study

At School Reporting Suite we know that our software can handle the complexities of running a system in English and Hebrew, whilst reporting on the Kodesh and national curricula.

We know this because we have implemented it within a Jewish school in Golders Green and the results and response from the school has been phenomenal.

The Menorah Primary School Case Study

The Menorah Primary School, is an orthodox Jewis school founded in 1944 by the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash. They contacted Aspiring Panda the company that created the School Reporting Suite looking for tracking and annual reporting software for the school.

Two of the key requirements that the software were

  • It could be written to and edited in Hebrew
  • It could be fully customised to suit the subjects and grading criteria of the school’s Jewish studies curriculum

What We Did

Aspiring Panda implemented a cloud based version of the School Reporting Suite to accommodate the Jewish Study Curriculum and he school’s grading criteria.

Using the language settings of the software we allowed the system to be written to and edited in Hebrew and accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.

The Reaction Of The School

The implementation of the software went smoothly, teachers found it convenient and easy to use and the head teacher reported that time efficiencies were achieved due to standardised formatting which reduced writing and review time.

Parental feedback was also extremely positive, particularly on the professional style and quality of the reports.

Here is what the head of the school had to say after the first year of using SRS.

“We have completed our first full year’s assessment schedule using SRS, using both the tracking and reporting modules. The software fully represents our assessment ethos. It is easy to deploy and data entry is very straightforward even in Hebrew! Layout is comprehensive without being cluttered and print copy is aesthetic and ready to send to parents. We now have the tools to generate full reports and charts on classes, groups and individual students in all their subjects and categories. We can track, assess, compare and plan – all within one software package.
Thank you, Aspiring Panda! Your customer service is ‘top-shelf’ with immediate and effective response to all our technical enquiries.”

  1. Atlas, Principal

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.