How is BlueSky supporting the school?
Repton School uses BlueSky to support its processes for staff appraisal, having implemented the system in early 2022. Having looked at a number of other options, the leadership team selected BlueSky for its versatility and ease of use.
“It is very intuitive. Our staff find it easy to use and not burdensome,” says Ashley Currie, Deputy Head, Academic. “It’s a very simple system, in a good way. You don’t have to complete endless forms and data entry.”
As a co-educational boarding and day school, the school offers not only high standards of academic education, but also a wide range of co-curricular activities and staff are also responsible for the pastoral care of students. Consequently, the leadership team wanted to ensure that their appraisal system reflected the multi-faceted roles that many staff perform.
“Having an appraisal system that didn’t just focus on the classroom was very important to us,” Ashley explains. “While BlueSky can give us the Teachers’ Standards for classroom staff to self-review against, it is also able to incorporate our standards for the pastoral and co-curricular side of school life, both of which are a big part of what we do here.”
Staff use the system to document professional development and training, but the platform is also instrumental in sharing feedback from regular observations, which can be recorded during the lesson and fed into coaching conversations.
“Staff really like that they can see feedback straight away after the lesson, and they can digest it before we have a conversation.”
“We also do observations for the other roles that staff do, whether that’s coaching sport, tutoring or pastoral, so we want to be able to capture that. We love that BlueSky offers the flexibility to have forms and review frameworks for all of these co-curricular activities.”