How is BlueSky supporting the school?
BlueSky’s flexible functionality has allowed Step by Step to adapt the platform to the school’s more specialised practice. Through a supported set-up process, the school has taken advantage of BlueSky’s extensive customisation, including creating bespoke frameworks for more experienced members of staff to use, and competency-based frameworks for trainees, including specialised observation templates, which help teachers receive regular feedback and constructive assessment to identify areas for development and further training.
“Step by Step has a strong emphasis on evidence-based teaching strategies,” says Gayle. “Our mission is to ensure that we’re giving our pupils the very best education possible, so we implement many research-driven teaching strategies and we support our people to do continued professional development, such as a Master’s Degree or PhD.”
Using an online platform has been especially useful in supporting Step by Step’s distributed leadership team to keep track of staff development and to collaborate with colleagues. “We lead on different areas of the inspection framework,” explains Gayle. “I do a lot of work supporting other schools. Our School Improvement Action Plan set up a triad which works with two other similar schools, sharing best practice frameworks.”
BlueSky’s tailored training and guidance has ensured that senior leaders and staff can make the most of the platform, while the Customer Success Team have helped with set-up and customisation. Gayle is delighted with the support she has received from BlueSky’s Customer Success team: “I am genuinely massively impressed with the training and customer service that we’ve had from the Customer Success Team”.