Case Study

Curledge Street Academy: Classroom Monitor provides the streamlined approach to assessment we have been looking for

Curledge Street Academy
Location
Devon, UK
Curledge Street Academy

Anthony Arnold, Assistant Headteacher at Curledge Street Academy outlines why his school has adopted the latest version of Classroom Monitor to streamline and simplify assessment.

“We started reviewing how the school manages assessment and progress last year. We’ve been using School Pupil Tracker Online (SPTO) for over five years but we wanted to streamline our approach to assessment. After looking at lots of alternatives, we considered reverting back to a combination of spreadsheets and our MIS. But as we were still in contract with SPTO, we decided to stick with it for the time being.”

“When we returned to school in January, we found out SPTO would be closing at the end of the year. The reason behind this decision was that the company has been unable to invest in the development work needed to address the changing requirements of Ofsted and the DfE.”

“This forced our hand; we didn’t want to wait until the end of the year to find an alternative and through our previous research we had a clear understanding of what we required.”

“We decided to review two systems in more detail, including Classroom Monitor. We had recently heard the announcement about the brand-new version of Classroom Monitor and was attracted by the simple approach to assessment. Our next step was attending a group demonstration of Classroom Monitor in Exeter, and that really impressed us.”

“Classroom Monitor stood out, it was a lot less clunky than the alternatives and much more streamlined – it ticked all the boxes we were looking at.”

“The main aspect that attracted me was how easy it is to get external data into Classroom Monitor. Currently, we spend a lot of time trying to manually triangulate assessment data from lots of systems. We are ‘data-rich’ across the trust, but with SPTO being unable to import assessments we needed a solution that could bring this data together, to review in one system.”

“The area in Classroom Monitor that really provides a solution for our school is the Point-In-Time Assessment feature. This will inform our teachers, allowing them to compare several sets of assessment data, including external tests in one view. The teacher can then quickly review this information, allowing them to make a professional teacher judgement based on a combination of assessments and their direct experience with the pupil.”

“This provides a clear view of pupil assessments and quickly highlights any anomalies. It provides a clear and powerful insights, whether you are a senior leader or a teacher. Previously we would have had to print off large amounts of assessment data, all stored in different systems and then physically compare and review on a tabletop.”

“Classroom Monitor solves this problem by providing the streamlined approach to assessment we have been looking for.”

About the school

Curledge Street Academy is two form entry school with 470 pupils aged between 2 and 11 year olds, based in Torbay, Devon.

The main aspect that attracted me was how easy it is to get external data into Classroom Monitor. Currently, we spend a lot of time trying to manually triangulate assessment data from lots of systems.”

Anthony Arnold, Curledge Street Academy

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