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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
Add or import staff, students and parents
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.
To save even more time adding data to the system you can use MIS Integration*. Select which integrator you would like to use and fill out the simple request form. Once authorised, your MIS data will be exported and imported for you.
*Please note there is a small fee for this service.
Set term dates and select your assessment frameworks
Use the ‘Term dates’ tab to apply your school’s specific term dates and the ‘academic year’ tab to mark the start and end of the year for your school. If you select the ‘year groups’ tab, you can choose which assessment frameworks you would like to use in each year group.
Add external links and documents
Add links to your observations so you can share useful videos and resources when creating home learning activities and observations. You can select on the thumbnail preview to direct you straight to the link.
Add PDF, DOC and DOCX documents to your observations. These documents can be used as evidence for learning or shared with parents and carers to support learning out of school. Documents can be added to both group and individual student notes.
Add text and media
Support your observations by adding existing photos or capturing new ones straight from your device. Record audio notes and videos to capture learning as it happens. Audio clips and videos can be played back by staff or shared with parents to encourage engagement. These are especially useful for those with English as an additional language.
Link learning to assessment
Link the learning to assessment using up-to-date frameworks for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. These assessments can be used in just a couple of taps so you can add them on the go. You can also choose to refine these assessments to show pupil understanding of each skill and to measure smaller steps of progress.
Top tip: when adding an assessment to a pupil if you see a time icon, select this to view the student’s assessment history. You can see how many times the student has been assessed for that skill, when, and who by.
Add extra assessment criteria; record whether the activity was child initiated, adult-led or part of guided group work; include students from other classes; choose whether to share group evidence with parents or to enable parent comments – all on the fly. You can also return to your observation later and make changes.
Set the date and time
When creating and editing observations teachers can set the date/time and the observation will be added to the correct place in the timeline. Teachers can also set home learning activities and observations to a future date to support planning.
See pupil progress laid out in an informative timeline so you can quickly gauge their achievements. Apply filters to drill down to the information you need to focus on. Additionally, you can choose to view observations by status to help you keep track of draft observations you have yet to complete.
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.
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.
Class and student attainment reports
Gain a clear overview of pupils’ attainment via the Class report grid. This shows the number of observations captured per assessment point for each child in the class, as well as any gaps in learning, so you can see where more attention is required. View assessment coverage as an easy-to-visualise heatmap. Generate student attainment reports to see how many statements they have achieved in each subject of the total number, as well as which specific skills they have achieved.
Class and student 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 and spot learning gaps to be addressed. Additionally, these assessments can be amended by the teacher.
EYFS Baseline, End of EYFS, End of KS1 and End of KS2 assessment
Assess your EYFS pupils on entry by creating a new observation, selecting students and hitting the baseline button. From here, you can set the student’s age band for each learning area and view this information once it has been saved, in class and student reports. Quickly and easily make your teacher judgements for the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 using the end of key stage assessments. View reports showing which EYFS pupils are working towards or expected in their ELGs and which KS1 and KS2 pupils are working towards, expected or working at greater depth in their core subjects.
At a glance, senior leaders can easily monitor attainment in each year group using our whole school attainment reports. Additionally, leaders can use our SOAP (School on a page) report to view end of key stage outcomes in comparison to the national average – plus, see a breakdown by characteristic in comparison to the national average for these groups.
Keep track of learning gaps between Summer and Autumn born pupils
When an observation is created, ReallySchool shows you the age of the pupils within the observation at the time it was added. This will help you identify any learning gaps between your Autumn and Summer born pupils and monitor any potential impact their age may be having on their skill acquisition.
Share special individual celebrations
Celebrations can be shared with parents and carers to celebrate extra special achievements of individual pupils. You can include text notes, attachments and badges to help you highlight what the pupil has done for this award.
Create remote learning opportunities by sharing activities with parents. Give parents guidance using videos, audio clips, images, text notes, documents and external links. Parents can also share photos, videos and audio clips of their child learning! Teachers can give feedback to parents and apply assessments to home learning activities to help support the monitoring of pupil progress outside of the classroom.
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! Student badges are available in English and Welsh.
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 observation 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.
Select which group attachments you want to share with multiple parents. For example, you may want to share videos, photos and audio recordings to explain home learning activities or even celebrate in-class group achievements. This option can be switched on or off at any time for each group attachment.
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.