Streamlined reporting and teacher evaluation
BlueSky reports have also made the preparation of information for external inspections much more efficient and time-saving for staff.
“In Qatar, we have both Qatari and British inspections and the reports capture any aspect that they want to scrutinise. At a recent Qatari inspection, the team were very keen to look at how many teachers were satisfactory, how many were good and the evidence for those assessments. I printed off all of the BlueSky reports with details of staff CPD, the evaluation of that CPD, and all the comments that each teacher had added. This meant that the inspectors could easily see how much work was going into appraisal and professional development and what the impact was. They also wanted to know what teachers’ objectives were in some detail and I was able to print off a visual report so they could take the information away to study.”
BlueSky has improved both efficiency and effectiveness, Sonia believes, easing her workload as a manager and helping the school in its drive to raise standards, and helping to motivate staff.
“Recently I was asked by the CEO for some teachers’ appraisals over the last few years and in five minutes I could send over a list, because all I had to do was print them off from BlueSky Education where everything is held: objectives, observations, learning walks, reports, everything a teacher does. Imagine if that was all still on paper – how could I figure out one what teachers had done for the past two or three years!
“It has helped us to address under-performance, too, as it enables us to monitor progress and put support in place so easily when required.