Parent Portal Focus Group

Have shaped our pilot of Event Elephant around our parent portal and how it will take shape over the next year. I have set up and event using the product which parents will be attending next week. You can have a look here – whole site/event took less than 10 minutes to set up. Event […]

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Parental Engagement: Turning Vision into Reality

I’ve been putting a great deal of thinking into the parent portal and reading through the Becta toolkit has stimulated an awful lot of thought in terms of what a parent portal should look like, key functionality and how it may be presented to parents. It’s got me thinking about how important it is to […]

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Working with FROG on Parental Engagement

Had a very interesting meeting with Jonathan and Craig at FROG today using Adobe Connect. Although FROG have access to what I am assuming is a sandboxed SIM’s implementation back up in Halifax they’re interesting in seeing real implementations of SIM’s. Meeting raised a number of key issues – do all schools use same SIM’s […]

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Student use of forums

One of the immediate gains and short term wins of our implementation of FROG as our learning platform is the use of forums. The school has set up a number of forums to engage students from day one and start developing a culture of collaboration, not just between staff and students, but more powerfully between […]

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Lead Learners

Just a quick thought to park. We have already established students as FROG Wardens to moderate posts to the student areas. One set of forums that we have created is for the explicit purpose of students supporting each other with homework. There is a different forum for each subject. It is our aim to get […]

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Musings about SIM’s

Lots of recent conversations that I have had with all sorts of people (Headteachers, county advisors, SIM’s administrators) have really opened up a can of worms regarding SIM’s – namely assessment manager, and attendance and how data can be defined and presented very differently from one school to the next. This may not seem like […]

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Parent Portal – Attendance

Attendance is one of the compulsory elements of online, real time reporting as outlined by the DCSF for one of the 2010 targets. Vision Parents can access attendance data – not just as a pie chart but as a yearly summary so they can actually see the assigned marks. Invariably when parents look at a […]

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Useful websites – Parental Engagement

Some useful websites on parental engagement: Becta “Engaging Parents in raising Achievement: Do Parents Know they Matter?” “The Impact of Parental Involvement, Parental Support and Family Education on Pupil Achievement and Adjustment: A Review of Literature.” An Ofsted survey: “Parental Involvement in Children’s Education (PICE) Survey (2007).” The Children’s Plan: building brighter futures (Dec 2007) […]

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Exploiting ICT to improve parental engagement

At Costello we are at an interesting crossroads with regards to the development of a parent portal. We have something waiting in the wings, ready to go public, but are currently working closely with FROG to develop some of the key functionality that will help us to realise the 2010 targets quite a bit earlier. […]

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Improved parental engagement 2010 targets

So, by September 2010 all the secondary schools are expected to provide all parents with secure online access to: • attendance and behaviour (both positive and challenging) • progress and attainment • special needs Personally, I think the Becta toolkit on parental engagement could be more helpful with tangible ideas for schools. It all strikes […]

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