Just as the classic floppy disk, or the Commodore 64 have had to evolve over the years since their dominance in the 80’s, management information systems (MIS) used in schools, have also moved on. In fact, now there are several viable MIS providers in the market, each offering something different for schools - from clever new features and apps to price competitive bundles. This is great news! Strong competition in the market means a huge opportunity for schools to seek out the best deal - just as we did a decade ago, when we realised we could switch energy suppliers, or bank account, in just a few clicks!
Developing the school's vision is a task which involves several groups of people, and should involve careful planning. We spoke to experienced education consultant and former headteacher Denise Coppard about how to put workshops to good use in order to develop a vision.
A knowledge organiser is a single sheet of paper that lists the important facts – not practical skills – that pupils should know by the end of a unit of work. They can be used by senior leaders, curriculum leaders, teachers, parents and pupils in order to plan areas of knowledge which need to be taught, and to help check progress. In the below blog post we look at what makes a good knowledge organiser and how to write one.
In a recent report published by The Key on the academy trust landscape, it was heartening to see such enthusiasm for technology. As many as 70% of the respondents reported using tech to a moderate or greater extent to run their trust more effectively. Clearly, edtech is gaining traction as a central part of trust leaders’ strategies.