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Registration

Sign up and register your school with ReallySchool. more info

Create classes and houses

Choose create class or create house from the side menu – or use the + class or + house buttons that can be found under the relevant tabs. Here, you will have the option to give your class a name, a brief description and select the relevant year group.more info

Add or import staff/students

Under the relevant tabs, you can use + student or + staff to add new staff and students to your school. These options can also be found in the side menu under new student or add teacher.

Alternatively, for quick and easy setup, you can import students and staff from your school’s MIS system via a CSV file.more info

Classify leadership staff

Differentiate between leadership staff members by classifying their roles, e.g. Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher or Head of Year.more info

Creating an observation…

You can create observations from an iPad or Android tablet, or with a Windows/Mac computer.
Use the ‘+’ icon under the observations tab to create a new observation – or choose new observation from the side menu.

ENHANCED Access current assessment criteria

Access all current assessment criteria for early years settings and primary schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Use these in-built frameworks to assess learning on the go. View reports to see student attainment and progress against these curriculum statements.

View full list of frameworks here.

Add or capture photos

Support your observations by adding existing photos or capturing new ones straight from your device.more info

Add audio notes

Add voice notes to an observation to capture learning as it happens. Notes can be played back by staff or shared with parents to encourage engagement, and are especially useful for those with English as an additional language.more info

Record video files

Record video files to add to an observation to clearly evidence your judgements. Video files can be played back by staff and shared with parents. This visual record of pupils is an easy way to engage parents in their child’s learning.more info

Flexible assessments

Add extra assessment criteria, record whether it was child-initiated and include students from other classes for group work – all on the fly.more info

Class reports

Gain a clear overview of pupils’ progress via the Class report grid. This shows the number of observations captured per assessment point for each child in the class, so you can see where more attention is required. Simply select the view you need by filtering by subject or categorising by assessment area – or view assessment coverage as an easy-to-visualise heatmap. Class Reports are available in-app, enabling you to monitor student attainment and observation coverage on the go.more info

Class Progress Reports

Easily monitor your students’ progress by seeing at a glance how their attainment has changed over time in each of their learning areas.more info

Student Progress Reports

Quickly assess individual student progress with this new report. View their change in attainment over time and spot learning gaps to be addressed.more info

Baseline Assessments and Reports

Assess your EYFS pupils on entry by creating a new observation, selecting students and hitting the baseline button. From here you can set the students’ age bands for each learning area. You can also access specific base line reports for your class or individual students.more info

NEW End of KS1 and KS2 Assessment

Quickly and easily make your teacher judgements for the end of each key stage using the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assessments. View reports showing which pupils are working towards, expected or working at greater depth in their core subjects.

NEW SOAP Reports

Leaders can view whole school attainment for an academic year in comparison to the national average for each key stage. They can also see a breakdown by characteristics in comparison to the national average for those groups.

Reports Dashboard

Now you can access all your reports and journals in one place using our reports dashboard. For your convenience, you can now generate multiple journals at once and set and save filters that are useful to you.more info

Timeline filters

See pupils’ progress laid out on an informative timeline so you can quickly gauge their achievements. Apply filters to drill down to the information you need to focus on.more info

Detailed student view

Detailed student view is accessible anywhere a student is present. It is particularly useful to Teachers/TAs when they are planning or capturing the next observation for a student. The detailed student view offers a summary for the student which includes the observations and assessments already captured and applied.more info

Group note preview

When editing an observation in draft mode, you can add additional notes for individual students while simultaneously previewing the group notes. For speed and efficiency, you can copy and paste straight from the group notes directly to an individual student’s notes – as well as duplicating or moving images.more info

Create student journals and reports

Create easy-to-share journals and reports directly from any observation. You can view Student Journals in both landscape and portrait modes – helping to minimise paper usage within the school when printing.more info

Add student badges

Celebrate student success by adding our new student badges to observations. There are so many to choose from, including subject specific badges, badges for behaviour, progress, effort and much more. These look eye catching in journals and are viewable by parents, so pupil success can be celebrated at home too.more info

Share achievements and progress

Share achievements and progress of selected items with parents – all with a single click. In addition, parents can keep track of their child’s progress via the observations timeline, with filter options allowing quick access to the information needed. Parents can also print their child’s journal or share with family and friends straight from the app.more info

Comments on observations

Parents and teachers can now comment on observations. This enhances parental engagement and allows both teachers and parents to give student feedback. Teachers can also respond to parent comments, creating a dialogue about learning and progress.more info

Registration
To register, select ‘Register’ at the top of the page. You will be asked to enter some details about your school as well as contact information. When registering, you will also choose your administrator, who will set up and manage your school. When registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email and your admin will receive an invitation to ReallySchool. Once they accept this, they can start setting up your school and add additional admins to support with this as needed. Registering with ReallySchool entitles you to a free one-month trial of our product. If you are a Peterborough school, please contact us to find out about our special local schools offer.
Create classes and houses
If your MIS system includes class and house data, you can instead import this information into ReallySchool, saving you valuable time. If a new pupil has joined the school, you can quickly add a new student to the system by pressing ‘+’ on the student tab. If or a pupil or staff member is moving to a different class, you can use the transfer tool to easily move them between classes.
Add or import staff and students
You can set specific staff roles and assign staff to as many different classes as needed. This is useful for staff that teach in multiple classes, or for members of your senior leadership team to monitor progress across multiple classes. When you add staff members, they will be sent an email invitation to join ReallySchool. Using that invitation, they can set up their account. Key student information such as SEN needs, Pupil Premium status and first languages can be imported from your MIS system or manually added, as desired.
Classify leadership staff
You can easily change these classifications as staff take on new roles in the school. It’s also useful to know that you can give staff multiple roles, such as teacher and governor.
Access current assessment criteria
When setting up your school, you can choose which pre-populated frameworks you would like to use for each year group in your school. When adding assessments to observations, you can select any number of statements, from any number of frameworks, age-bands, year groups etc. in one observation, making the assessment process as flexible as possible.
Add or capture photos
Photos added to observations can be shared with parents via their version of the app. You can add captions to photos to give them context. Photos are also included in student learning journals.
Add audio notes
Audio clips can be up to three minutes in length. You can pause mid-recording to give pupils time to respond to a question and play back the recording at any time.
Record video files
Videos can also be up to three minutes in length. You can either upload a pre-record video or capture a video on the go. Videos are an easy way to capture student learning in the classroom, saving you valuable typing time.
Flexible assessments
When adding assessments to observations, you can select any number of statements from any number of frameworks, age-bands, year groups etc. in one observation – making the assessment process as flexible as possible. You can also define pupil understanding of these statements and keep track of when students have previously achieved assessments, when they achieved them and how many times, and who assessed them – helping you keep on top of student progress.
Class reports
Our class attainment reports can be filtered to help you find the most useful information. You can see which statements students have and haven’t achieved, allowing you to easily spot and address gaps in learning. Our heat map and percentage views help you to monitor your observation and assessment coverage, whereas our attainment view shows you where each child is at in their learning.
Class Progress Reports
You can view class progress reports by terms or for the whole year. Class progress reports can be used for one, multiple or all subjects. They show the attainment of every child in your class each half term, so you can see where their learning has moved forward, remained the same or regressed. If you haven’t made any assessments for a pupil in a specific learning area for a half term or more, a blank space will be shown in the relevant half term/s. This is to help you spot where you may have gaps in the evidence you’ve collected.
Student Progress Reports
You can view student progress reports by terms or for the whole year. Student progress reports can be used for one, multiple or all subjects. They show how student attainment has changed each half term, so you can see where you need to challenge or support the student and what their next steps should be. As before, if you haven’t made any assessments in a specific learning area for a half term or more, a blank space will be shown in the relevant half term/s to help you spot gaps in your assessment.
Baseline Assessments and Reports
If you change your mind about your assessments, open your draft observation, select the student you want to make changes for and select the new assessments for that student. As well as baseline reports, baseline data is available in EYFS student and class progress reports, so you can see how pupils have progressed since their starting point.
Reports Dashboard
Having all your reports in one place makes it much quicker for you to access the information you need. Simply select the type of report you want and your class. From here, you can filter reports to give you the specific information you need, e.g. by specific subjects and terms.
Timeline filters
Timeline filters include observation status (draft, saved, posted), class/es, student/s, teacher/s, subject/s, time period. Using these filters helps you quickly find the specific observations you are looking for.
Detailed student view
To access a student progress summary, press and hold on a student icon. You can then select different frameworks, subjects and learning areas, age bands and year groups, to see which statements the student has and hasn’t achieved. This can help you plan your next observation for that student.
Group note preview
To preview a group note, press the group note icon to view this above your individual note. This can be a useful reminder of what the whole group was doing, as you add individual student notes and evidence.
Create student journals and reports
Access two different types of journals: one specific to teachers and one specific to parents. Journals for teachers include learning areas, notes, assessments, photos and student badges. Parent journals do not contain assessments but have larger images and badges. Student attainment reports are only accessible by staff. They include how many statements a student has achieved in each learning area, and the number that are left to achieve, as well listing which specific statements the student has achieved.
Add student badges
Teachers can keep track of which badges a student has and hasn’t achieved by going on to a student’s profile. This can be a great way to spot skills you may want to encourage your students to work on, e.g. being kind and helpful.
Share achievements and progress
Adding videos, audio clips and photos to observations is a great way to share pupil learning with all parents and keep them engaged in their child’s learning. The parent version of the app makes it as easy for parents to check on their child’s learning as it is to check their emails!
Comments on observations
Teachers can switch parent comments off and on while creating an observation – and even after posting it. This way, you can manage the amount of comments you are receiving. For example, you may want to have parent comments switched off for a whole class observation to avoid a long string of comments. When a parent comment is posted, a teacher chooses whether to approve this comment. This ensures all parent comments are relevant to pupil learning. The comment is not visible to others until it has been approved.

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