Pupil tracking with GO 4 Schools
Record marks online and track pupil progress in real-time – sharing live data, 24/7, with teachers, students and parents
We know that pupil tracking is a means to an end – not an end in itself.
Ultimately, you want to identify the students and groups that need a bit more support and you want to deliver as much support to them as possible – as soon as possible - to improve outcomes.
You want to work quickly and efficiently, and you want to target the right students – that means using the 'freshest', most reliable information possible.
Pupil tracking in GO 4 Schools helps you with all of this.
It removes the inefficiencies, inconveniences and bottlenecks that many schools encounter with existing systems.
Our streamlined approach to collecting and analysing student progress data will give you the information you need, when you need it.
There's no more waiting for data to be collected and no more waiting for someone else to produce a report for you.
As one senior leader who uses GO 4 Schools has said "I'm no longer spending days and weeks chained to my desk working with spreadsheets.
Instead, I am out in the school, supporting students and staff."
- What would you and your staff do with all the time we can save you?
- Would you plan earlier, more effective interventions? Or go on more learning walks?
- Or any of the hundreds of other things that help improve your school?
Key features and benefits:
- Reliability – In GO 4 Schools, everything is joined up, so there is no error-prone, manual copying of information from one place to another, e.g. copying marks from markbooks into the school's MIS.
- Efficiency – We take key information from your MIS and flow it through into statistics and student progress reports where it appears alongside tracking information entered by staff. There is no need to re-enter any information at all.
- Convenience – Staff can record and access information 24/7, from work or home, over the Web. There is no longer any need to print gigantic spreadsheets of student progress and stick them to the wall in your meeting room or staff room!
- Simplicity – GO 4 Schools is very powerful but is also very easy to set up and manage, so you don't need lots of training or to rely on a 'school guru'. Subject leaders can customise markbooks for their subjects in just a few minutes.
- Quality control – It is easy to check what has been collected – as well as what hasn't - and to collect actual classroom marks rather than just summative grades. You can even review underlying marks to ensure assessment is performed consistently. It all helps to ensure the accuracy of the information on which you allocate resources for interventions.
- Transparency – Information is shared between subjects so all staff, including the SENCO etc, get a cross-curricular view of each student. This can even be shared with students and parents too, to make sure everyone is in the picture.
- Timeliness – GO 4 Schools gives you access to today's information, not just summative grades collected a few days, weeks or even months ago. If you are allocating precious resources for interventions or students are choosing options, isn't the freshest information essential?
- Immediacy – You can analyse the marks and grades in GO 4 Schools as soon as they are recorded. There is no need to wait for someone to export them into a spreadsheet and then manipulate and summarise them for you. If more information is recorded tomorrow – you can just go and check the impact yourself then. Key statistics are always available at the click of a button.
- Flexibility – If you are interested in a specific focus group, e.g. boys on free school meals with a D in English at GCSE, you can get the data you need in just a few clicks. There is no need to battle with additional exports into spreadsheets.
GO 4 Schools removes the inefficiencies and delivers a 'triple win':
- Information can be collected and checked more efficiently – freeing up time for other activities.
- Information can be accessed and analysed more efficiently – freeing up yet more time, e.g. for delivering interventions rather than planning them.
- Interventions can be planned based on the latest data available – better targeting ensures the best use of the limited resources available.
All in all, GO 4 Schools frees up huge amounts of time for those involved with school data, leaving them free to do what they do best. It leaves SLT members free to work with students and staff to improve outcomes, and it leaves data managers free to spend more time adding value to data through analysis.
By providing the SLT, middle leaders, staff, students and parents with access to the latest information available, everyone can make better, informed decisions.
Your options for tracking pupil progress with GO 4 Schools
GO 4 Schools actually provides your school with two options for tracking pupil progress:
Periodic collection of summative grades – often the only approach available to schools not using GO 4 Schools – which we refer to as traditional pupil tracking. Traditional pupil tracking within GO 4 Schools is just like performing a 'data collection' in other systems, but is much easier to do with GO 4 Schools.
As with other systems, a traditional data collection is often linked to a set of student progress reports. As you'd expect, staff can enter summative grades to indicate a student's current position and their predicted grade, but it also incredibly easy to collect 'attributes' such as 'Attitude to Learning', 'Effort' etc.
This option is available if you are not using the GO 4 Schools Online Markbooks Module.
Ongoing collection of marks from the classroom as and when work is marked – which we refer to as continuous pupil tracking. With this approach, current working grades are calculated from marks automatically and feed directly into any sets of student progress reports that you produce. As with the first option, you can still collect 'attributes' such as 'Attitude to Learning' really easily.
This option requires you to use the GO 4 Schools Online Markbooks Module.
In each case, a students' current grades are compared to target grades which can be derived from FFT, CAT data etc.
Future Proofing School Assessment
From 2015 levels will be removed from the National Curriculum, this decision will free schools from an imposed measure of student progress. Despite greater freedom in the way pupils can be assessed schools will still be required to have a range of evidence in place:
Data priorities for Schools
- Measuring and tracking student Progress.
- Reporting to parents in a method that has currency and clarity.
- Evidence of closing the gap with key focus groups i.e. Pupil Premium.
- The need for students to be tested against some form of benchmark during the course of each year.
- The need to be able to demonstrate how well their students have learned and what progress they are making.
- Ensuring that Pupils are on track to meet expectations and taking action if individual pupils are falling behind.
- Some schools may decide to map the current levels system to the new National Curriculum.
- Adopt a new points system– but how will they know where their pupils and cohorts sit against the national picture?
- Use a grade based system based on GCSE grade criteria – this is easy for everyone to understand and has currency with parents.
- Decile ranking – links how students are performing relative to their peers by dividing into 10 equal subsections.
- Scaled/standardised score (e.g. CAT tests) used to identify pupil's strengths and weaknesses and provides a benchmark against national averages. Scaled scores a means of reporting results with 100 representing expected achievement (100 possibly the norm score for end of KS2).
- Assessment criteria for periodic assessment are arranged into a hierarchy, setting out what children are normally expected to have mastered by the end of each year.
- Use of flight paths to track and demonstrate progress.
- The achievement of each pupil is assessed against all the relevant criteria at appropriate times of the school year.
- Skills ladder to show progress through assessing as either 'developing', 'meeting' or 'exceeding' each relevant skill.
GO 4 Schools now incorporates an Internal grading scheme which can be utilised in markbooks for assessment and tracking student progress in KS3 following ‘Life after Levels'.
A grading scheme can be set up to a range of criteria which can have points allocated to map against progress towards GCSE.
So whatever assessment a school devises to track coverage of the new national curriculum, whether this is based on skills, knowledge and understanding or using GCSE grade criteria to build up 'GCSE ready' skills, GO 4 Schools has the functionality to support the consistency and value of this across your curriculum.
The Assessment grading scheme can be built into markbooks to enable a range of approaches to recording your assessments for a new Internal grading scheme.
Again the terminology used can be specific to your school and embedded across all subjects.
This empowers schools to complete meaningful assessments that are clear to teachers, parents and students.
So if you are trialling Life after Levels, awaiting further updates concerning KS2 attainment measures and new GCSE specifications to plan KS3, GO 4 Schools is ready to future proof your assessment model.