Gathering teaching and learning data from every source expected of schools can be a tough ask. It often involves different forms and frameworks, with a spreadsheet for analysing each. Observing Teachers, NQTs, TAs and Early Years Staff in the classroom alone can involve four different sets of documentation.
Lessons Learned has been designed to allow storage and analysis of all of your teaching and learning data in the one place, using a combination of frameworks, comments, grades and attachments such as photos, documents, videos and links. In this post we specifically wanted to outline some of the other frameworks schools can store in here.
Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)
While Michael Gove’s latest suggestions may mean that all independent schools will have to also take into consideration the Ofsted framework for inspection, Lessons Learned is also able to handle the ISI framework. You’ll be able to use the ISI framework descriptors within the system and conduct analysis against the ISI gradings. The system will provide excellent evidence on the quality of teaching and learning within your school and will allow personalised developmental feedback to be provided to every teacher.
Under the framework for Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS), church schools are evaluated on the extent to which they are “distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions”. Inspectors are “told not to apply a preconceived template of what a church school should be like” and a large part of this process involves using the evidence the school can provide on the quality of the school in relation to the four main areas for inspection. These are:
- How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
- What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
- How effective is the Religious Education? (In VA schools and academies.)
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?
Lessons Learned allows you to grade each of these elements as often as you want and then produce analysis of these, showing comments, development points and more to evidence how the school has addressed any identified development requirements.
Catholic Diocesan Inspection Framework
During the inspection programme an inspector will consult numerous sources of information in coming to a judgement on the quality of classroom religious education and the Catholic life of the school. If you are a catholic school going through Diocesan Inspections there are many opportunities to provide evidence to support the work you do.
During a standard programme the inspector is going to involve themselves in the following tasks, where any evidence the school can provide to support or challenge what the inspector sees is going to be useful in helping them make a rounded judgement:
- Observation of teaching
- Observation of worship
- Discussions with pupils
- Scrutiny of pupils’ work
- Scrutiny of parents’ questionnaire and, where appropriate, a meeting with parents
- Meetings with head, link governor, subject leader in religious education, chaplain or priest. These meetings will involve:
- how often processes, such as lesson observations, take place;
- how performance management contributes to the evaluation of the Catholic life of the school and religious education (check that the headteacher has a Catholic objective as partof his/her own performance management);
- what kind of overall structure for evaluation is in place;
- how the outcomes are fed into the school improvement plan;
- how governors are involved.
No matter how difficult the questions, Lessons Learned will give you a quick and easy way of showing all of your evidence to support everything included above. Demonstrating the structures you have in place, the effect performance management has and showing a regular observation cycle are all done with a couple of clicks.
Special Schools often need space to record additional information, whether it’s a focus on a particular key group or detail on the number of pupils with a particular SEN in the group. Lessons Learned allows flexibility to add your own boxes into the observation form as well as a customisable framework which can be adjusted to account for different school situations with regard to severity of special need and proximity to mainstream schools.
Lessons Learned Users: Uploading a New Framework
Adding a new framework to Lessons Learned is simple, but it requires a little pre thought about how you’re going to make it work with the system. Consider the Lessons Learned Core Framework, which is split into six aspects, each of which contains a bank of evidence split into four grades. Consider also how these aspects appear on the observation form; each has its own comment box for additional free text. Are you able to break your own framework down into separate aspects? Which parts would require their own comment boxes? Which parts would you want to be able to scrutinise in further detail when analysing your observation results?
When you’re ready to add your framework you need to do the following. First, make sure you are logged in as a school administrator and then go to ‘Administration’, ‘Framework Administration’. Once on this page scroll to the bottom and click ‘Add new aspect’. Give your aspect a name, add any teacher and/or learner characteristics (optional) and then using the dropdown list select which observation types you would like to link your new aspect to. Select ‘Enabled’, give it an order number (optional) and then press ‘Save’.
Next you need to add the bank of evidence or prompts that will appear in a pop up box on your observation form. To do this click ‘View Descriptors’ followed by ‘Add new record’. Add all of your descriptors and then click ‘Return to Aspects’ to begin adding a new aspect. Continue this process until your framework has been added in full.
Tip: Using prompts instead of graded descriptors? Simply add all of your prompts under one grade to allow your users to add them to the observation form for commenting on.
If your framework is complex and you would like us to enter if for you we can do so for a small charge. Please get in touch for more information on 0844 963 2242 or by emailing email@example.com.