Although already rated ‘outstanding’ Barnby Road Academy was keen to develop an updated model for whole school teaching and learning. David Webster, Head of Upper School, was also keen to revise performance management so staff were in charge of their own development; “As part of my NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) I was eager to ensure we were fostering a culture of openness and development amongst staff.”
“I also wanted to ensure that as a school we had a learning culture not just amongst pupils but among staff too. Furthermore we wanted to be able to maintain a continuous and sustained improvement in teaching and learning, ensuring the system we used would enable staff to manage their own development whilst still enabling oversight for the senior leadership team.
“Updating some of our current processes was also important. Prior to BlueSky, performance management was completed through three, hour long lesson observations. This was very rigid and didn’t allow room for further development. We found that teachers would just practise these three lessons prior to being observed – hardly encouraging creativity!
“After considering various options with the Head of Lower School, we found BlueSky to be the perfect match.”
“BlueSky has really allowed staff to lead on their own development. Staff are able to monitor their own performance and log their development journey in BlueSky – we think of it as their rucksack to collect evidence of their progress. The senior leadership team can then monitor performance throughout the year rather than carrying out assessments on a designated date for which staff prepare.”
“We also use BlueSky for all of our monitoring, including book analysis. We knew when initiating the new system that we wanted to avoid anything that was paper-based and BlueSky is perfect for this.”