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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.