How is BlueSky supporting Dulwich College Singapore ?
Dulwich College Singapore, part of the Dulwich College International Group of schools, was established in 2014 and has grown rapidly in the ensuing years. BlueSky Education is used by most of the colleges in the Dulwich College International Group and was introduced at Dulwich College Singapore when it opened.
The school has moved away from traditional approaches to teacher performance management and appraisal, instead focusing on professional development targets. Daniel Brown, Director of Professional Learning and Development at Dulwich College Singapore, says: “We have an assumption that everyone is a good teacher – we have about 100 to 150 applicants for each teaching job, so we get good teachers coming in to start with.”
“As a result, we’ve focused on having an inquiry question system, where instead of having set objectives to meet, every teacher identifies one aspect of their teaching practice and sets an ‘Inquiry Question’ as a focus for professional development. They create a professional learning community with other staff who have chosen a similar theme to share research, plan how they will change their teaching practice and evaluate whether that change has had an impact on students’ learning.”
“We use BlueSky to document the whole of that process, from setting the inquiry question, to review meetings with their line manager, recording evidence, through to the end of year review. What has been particularly useful is the ability to now tailor BlueSky to this approach, so we have been able to change the terminology that is used in the platform – for example, ‘Objectives’ is now ‘Inquiry Question’.”
The school has a more traditional approach to performance management for business support staff, which has meant that they needed to access a different process in BlueSky. “Business support staff have three to five objectives which are tied to their performance review at the end of the cycle. One of the joys of BlueSky is that we can run two different processes within the same platform, and they are ring-fenced so teaching staff see one and business support staff see another, while I can simply switch between them to manage everything.”