Helping schools to develop their people
Research shows that teacher quality is the most important driver of student outcomes, but policymakers and school leaders face two key challenges when it comes to improving quality. First, there’s the need for coherent standards that allow for benchmarking and measurement. Second, you must have structured training and development opportunities linked to those standards.
How we do it
Standards Tracker is a best-in-class software platform that helps overcome both these challenges. It incorporates best practice from leading schools, giving you a simple, transparent way to direct professional development and gain visibility over performance.
Simple, effective steps to develop performance.
1. A two-way process
Let staff take control of their own career progression by updating their own records, providing their own evidence to support their statements and performance, as well as encouraging staff to take responsibility for their own development.
Staff can collate everything needed to demonstrate performance throughout the year. No more rushing at mid-year or end of cycle reviews. Managers can also upload evidence also to support staff. Everything is kept in one place for easy access.
Staff can regularly check progress against their objectives and short-term goals to see what else they need to evidence to be satisfied they have met or exceeded their objectives. This ensures that objectives are not pushed to the back of the mind throughout the year and only consulted at mid-year reviews or end of cycle meetings.
Keeping a log of training and CPD attended gives further evidence of progression. By showing the impact of CPD and the implementation of strategies and guidance provided during training demonstrates the effectiveness of CPD provided.
This area pulls in all aspects of evidence, monitoring, meetings, notes and feedback. Every element of support provided by managers in one place. It allows easier file uploading and better file management for easy retrieval.
6. Triangulation forms
Record of all performance management activities, such as pupil progress meetings, lesson observations, learning walks, book looks in focussed editable forms. Capture school priorities ensuring staff are on track to meet objectives and, where applicable, pay progression (based on each school’s pay policy).
1. Team Progress
Staff feel more valued when they receive little and often feedback. Recognise those that go above and beyond or who are consistently providing best practice. It’s also easy to quickly identify areas of development or urgent attention with our transparent process in case of capability or disciplinary concerns.
2. Schedule monitoring meetings
Diarise pupil progress meetings, NQT monitoring meetings, trainee review meetings, performance reviews, observations, learning walks and book looks and enable alerts so that ongoing support and monitoring is more manageable and not forgotten about.
Teaching and learning monitoring and assessment using bespoke forms created by leaders to specifically review focussed elements as well as the overall quality of teaching and learning. As Standards Tracker works on any device, managers can enter feedback straight onto the platform via tablet or laptop as they move from classroom to classroom.
4. Annual Review
Mid Year and End of Cycle meetings to formalise the ongoing discussions throughout the year to review objectives and evidence, provide feedback, assess progress and agree on new objectives. Simplify appraisal and progression conversations by having everything ready at your fingertips.
1. Organisational strengths
Uncomplicated analysis through accessible reports for SLT, governors and inspectors allows headteachers to evidence areas of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ practice and identify areas for development. This is especially effective for reflection on self-evaluation judgements as well as pinpointing areas to focus on in future school development and/or improvement plans.
2. Improvements over time
Quickly demonstrate teaching-over-time progress and areas of improvement shown by standards, individuals, or groups of staff. It is quick and easy to export charts and reports for inclusion in Headteacher reports.
The Talent Map helps to match up coaching partners and allocate internal resources to share best practice thus saving the budget for staff training and development. Leaders can record and monitor the impact of CPD and encourage staff to reflect on and debate the way they teach.
4. Overview of the whole school
Having oversight of the progress made by staff against objectives and standards gives headteachers a clear understanding of the progress of teaching over time and which areas need to be improved and/or maintained in future. This is also valuable for recognising the contribution made by support staff to the classroom and wider school functions.
Keep a record and monitor the impact of CPD. Ensure best use of resources, budget and training opportunities. Monitor the effectiveness of training and development provision to inform future provision across the school. Demonstrate support and development for all staff.
Fully editable to create your own dynamic forms that can be updated as and when priorities change to be in line with SDP/SIP objectives. Learning walks, book looks, lesson observations, pupil progress meetings, key stage/department reviews etc.
Demonstrate progress for individuals, groups and the whole school. Reflection for self-evaluation judgements and inform future SDPs/SIPs. With the option to export and save as images or spreadsheet data, these reports can be included in headteacher reports to boards and governors in just a few clicks.