You have to hand it to Lampton School in Hounslow, Middlesex.
Here is a school rated 'outstanding in challenging circumstances' by Ofsted. Its 1,600 students come from a range of ethnic backgrounds, with the majority speaking English as a second language, and falling below national averages in terms of socio economics and ability.
This outstanding academy was one of the first teaching schools to be established by the DfE. Their 120 staff have brought about significant progress, or 'value-added measures', among the students.
Transparency is key to holding people to account and staff have warmed to BlueSky as it enables them to highlight their successes. They view it as progressive and particularly like it when it supports them to progress up the pay scale! Johnnie Pavey, Assistant Head and Teaching School Specialist Leader of Education.
Lampton faced five key challenges, to:
The senior leadership team was seeking a holistic approach to assessing each member of the staff. They needed to gauge the value-added measure achieved; record internal and external lesson observations; and receive their line managers' appraisal of how staff perform against the school's, and national teachers', standards.
Lampton uses a range of BlueSky features:
Both the staff and the school have benefited from BlueSky.
- Staff members now have a platform where they can document their successes, and set down meaningful evidence before discussions on performance-related pay. (The dreaded value-added progression spreadsheets are, thankfully, history.)
- The school has a diagnostic tool that reveals, simply and clearly, how staff are performing: the successes, the challenges, and any issues to be addressed before external reviews. From the SLT team, it sends out a clear message: "We are here"
The school continues to value the contribution it gains with BlueSky, tracking standards, celebrating successes, and gaining all-important evidence for pay discussions.
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