We have released a number of exciting developments this year – including the curriculum coverage percentages, the copy and paste functionality, and our improved Online Reporting functions. This latest development, however, is the one which gets me the most excited, from an ex-teacher point of view. This is the one which makes me want to rush back to the classroom so that I can make full use of it! I hope you will share my excitement so I will run you through the new tool and the key benefits!
The Curriculum Tracking area fits into our Attainment and Progress module, as seen in the image below:
“What is so exciting about it?”
Well instead of looking at pupil data in terms of their achievements as individuals, what if you could get an analysis of your whole class linked to their curriculum strengths? How about being able to easily highlight which objectives need the most work? And which have the most coverage? How about being able to use that data to feed into teaching and learning? And, as an SLT member, you could pick up trends across the whole school, to better advise the way you move forward with CPD and resourcing? Not data you hand to governors, or Ofsted, or parents…but data you hand to teachers, because they have the power to use it to make a difference?
Well….I give you…Curriculum Tracking:
“That looks pretty!”
It does, doesn’t it? I agree. However, it is SO much more than pretty. It is powerful, it is easy to use, it is assessment FOR learning.
The above view shows you, for each objective in your chosen curriculum and a certain class/year group, the number of each of the hexagon clicks – Unassessed, Targets, Almosts, Mets etc (or whichever terminology you use – it’s your red, yellows, greens and blues essentially). In this view we can already see an objective second from bottom which is all red – so let’s feed that straight into planning, shall we?
How about the others? Bit of a mixture? Well let’s drill down a little further and focus on a particular colour:
That’s better. Now I can prioritise the objectives by number of reds. I could do this to show just Greens and check where the strengths of my class are. Or I could look at just Unassessed to find out what we have yet to cover this year. I can hover on any objective to bring up the full statement.
Want to know how many children are at each step for each objective? Oh go on then:
The total column also shows us (using your weightings for each hexagon) how far towards everyone meeting the objective we are. The higher the total, the more secure the objective, across the class. Or maybe you want to pick out an intervention group? Simply click on the number i.e. if 3 children have “T” for an objective click to find out who they are and then you can feed that into planning too.
“WOW that’s amazing. Lots of flexibility.”
Oh I am not quite finished, sorry…
How about getting the table into a graph to easily spot the objectives which are falling behind (based on the total)
Hover on the shortest bar to find out the objective which needs the most work, or the highest bar for the objective which the class is strongest in.
Yes. It is. And…?
Yep…that’s the one!
“Can I compare groups?”
Yes, absolutely. You can add multiple selections to compare two Year 4 classes at the same time, if you wish. Or a current Year 4 with last year’s cohort at the same point of the year. Or a Year 5 class versus a Year 4 class on the same strand. Or an intervention group versus the rest of the class at two date points to see the impact of interventions over time. The list goes on…
“OK I want it..how do I get it?”
Simply give us a call to arrange switching this on for your school. There is a small cost attached to this development..I think you can see why (it’s been rather a lot of work over a long time period)! It doesn’t cost too much though, we have aimed to make it easily affordable for schools of all sizes.
Do give us a call to find out just how powerful this tool is. Watch video here. If you’re ready to go and want this switched on asap, just email firstname.lastname@example.org asking for a quote for your school. Give us your name, school and postcode and we’ll back in touch.
This is the difference between looking at numbers at the end of term, and using assessment to feed straight into class, individual, and whole school planning to have the biggest possible impact on teaching and learning. Could it also be the difference that raises your standards that tiny step higher, or makes your teaching and learning hit new heights. We believe it can and we hope you see how important this could be to your teachers, if not, give us a call and we will get excited by phone about it too!
For more information and to read the help files about Curriculum Tracking please Curriculum Tracking.