BlueSky Education - About BlueSky

About BlueSky

Founded in 2001, BlueSky has been the pioneer of performance management software for the education sector. The complete solution, BlueSky Education links performance reviews, professional development and quality assurance in a single, easy to use platform.

Today, our award-winning solution is found in more UK schools than any comparable offering, and is used by thousands of schools in over 40 countries worldwide.

From educator to entrepreneur

BlueSky founder and CEO Denise Inwood made the transition from educator to entrepreneur in 2001 when – as a senior leader in a comprehensive – she saw how a lack of focus on professional development was demoralising colleagues.

BlueSky Education was developed as an online performance management tool that would capture all of the data relevant to staff performance. It would enable school leaders to assess performance in relation to goals in the school development plan, but also give individual staff the power to define their own professional development needs and plan their career.

By 2012, when the then-Education Secretary, Michael Gove, introduced new performance management requirements for schools, BlueSky had become the complete solution for linking appraisal, CPD and quality assurance; the first platform of its kind in the market.

BlueSky Education - Denise Inwood - Founder and CEO

Our Vision

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At BlueSky we develop and support innovative and enduring solutions that put staff at the centre of school improvement supporting their individual professional development and career growth.

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Our Vision is to enable organisational improvement and professional growth, better equipping education professionals to demonstrate the unique contribution they make to the life chances of young people.

Our Partners

We partner with leading national and international member associations and trade bodies in the Education sector. We are the only solution in this field endorsed by the Association of School and College Leaders and the Confederation of School Trusts.

Learn more about our partners here.

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BlueSky Education Partner Logos - CST
BlueSky Education Partner Logos - ISBL
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BlueSky Education Partner Logos - FOBISIA
BlueSky Education Partner Logos - WCS
BlueSky Education Partner Logos - ECIS
BlueSky Education Partner Logos - Stone King
BlueSky Education - Partner - Schools North East

Our Awards

BlueSky has won and been nominated for numerous awards including the prestigious Bett Award.

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BlueSky - Education - partner logos - BETT Winner
BlueSky - Education - partner logos - BETT Finalist 2022
BlueSky - Education - partner logos - BETT Finalist 2022

Get in touch

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