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Parent portal a year on

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Presentation on the developments of our parent poral at Costello Technology College to the National Learning Platform conference (FROG) 2010 - 15 June Palace Hotel, Manchester

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Parent portal a year on

  1. 1. Costello Technology College<br />
  2. 2. @dtester<br />@costellotech<br />#frog10<br />
  3. 3. Parental Engagement<br />Parent Portal a year on….<br />
  4. 4. Background Information<br />3rd Phase Specialist Technology College<br />1000 students<br />Culture of innovation<br />An improving school with many good features (OfSTED 2008)<br />Strong vision and leadership<br />Culture of innovation and transformational change<br />Well developed E-Strategy<br />Large investment in ICT infrastructure<br />Supportive CPD programme for staff<br />College won ICT Register Secondary Showcase Award 2010 for our parent portal<br />
  5. 5. Our journey<br />
  6. 6. Approach to successful implementation<br />Get parents involved<br />Stakeholder engagement to secure vision and shape Key Performance Indicators<br />Review current working practices<br />Staff training<br />Set up users<br />Internal Beta test<br />Planned roll out<br />Engagement activities<br />
  7. 7. What is it you actually want to achieve?<br />Provide parents with access to data alone or provide a platform for other interactions?<br />What will true parental engagement look like in your school in 2-3 years time<br />Align with SDP/SEF<br />What will the impact be on standards of teaching and learning<br />School cannot go it alone – stakeholder engagement is crucial<br />Shaping the vision<br />
  8. 8. Set up in October 2008 to unpick parents perceptions of what they want to be able to do<br />Advertised to all parents<br />15 parents selected to work on project<br />Developmental Meetings<br />Parent Focus Group<br />
  9. 9. What data they would like to access:<br />Homework<br />Access school info (policies/diary)<br />Student Progress (targets/current attainment)<br />Extra curricular activities<br />Behaviour (+/-)<br />Attendance<br />Timetables<br />Teacher feedback on assignments<br />Access learning resources<br />What parents said<br />
  10. 10. Transparent parent teacher communications<br />Booking appointments for parents evening<br />Adult Learning activities<br />Booking of school facilities<br />Update reasons for absence/personal details<br />Online payments<br />Registration for school events<br />Surveys<br />Discussion forums<br />Parents advertising skills that could be used by college<br />Signposting of extended schools/services<br />Current topics, lesson resources (Support/extension)<br />Other uses parents would like to see<br />
  11. 11. Review Current Practices<br />MIS Data Integrity<br />Parental responsibility flags, QA<br />Procedures & Protocols for recording attendance data<br />Categories for behaviour log (+/-)<br />Reporting Policy<br />Staff training (writing behaviour log comments)<br />
  12. 12. Core Functionality of Costello Parent Portal<br />Access to attendance / behaviour / assessment data<br />Discussion forums (Parent/School/Governors)<br />Enhanced school communication (Change of details / unexplained absences)<br />Access to college letters/printed communications<br />Access to central college diary<br />Parent surveys / improvement projects<br />Community learning projects<br />Access to all Learning Resources<br />Access to Student Showcase<br />Access to parts of student voice portal<br />
  13. 13. Rolled out to all Year groups from October half term<br />Letters generated for every parent<br />Parent launch events for each year group<br />Challenge with getting information out to non-attenders<br />63% of parents who collected letters have logged on<br />On reflection should have rolled out to Y7 only<br />Update on roll out <br />
  14. 14. Supporting the PTA<br />
  15. 15. Social Networking<br />
  16. 16. Getting parents involved<br />
  17. 17. Supporting Consultation<br />
  18. 18. Departmental Information<br />
  19. 19. Supporting inclusion<br />
  20. 20. Other Web Services<br />
  21. 21. I Am Learning<br />
  22. 22. Assessment<br />Data<br />
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  27. 27. Guidance for SIMs schools<br />What do you want to report on? <br />To whom?<br />How often?<br />What impact will reporting have on learning?<br />Will it be understood by parents / inform how they can support their child?<br />Don’t just report data because you can!!<br />Many stakeholders involved in getting it set up – consultation / developing a shared vision<br />
  28. 28. Assessment Manager<br />Review your current reporting arrangements to establish route forward<br />Review set-up<br />Number of aspects – rationalise!<br />Date stamping of aspects - encourage<br />Establish aspects to import – discuss!<br />Do current protocols translate to online reporting?<br />
  29. 29. Effective Data Management<br />Use templates to manage active aspects<br />Run a scheduled import when you have updated data to present<br />Initial set up is tedious – do it right, do it once!<br />Intensive internal QA process to check data presentation<br />GIGO – Shore up protocols with staff<br />
  30. 30. Configuring Assessment<br />
  31. 31. Export Templates to FROG<br />
  32. 32. Configuring Aspects in the Toolkit<br />
  33. 33. Building the page to present the data<br />
  34. 34. Future Developments<br />
  35. 35. Online engagement with parents<br />Online meetings (Flashmeeting/AdobeConnect)<br />Online support courses – Numeracy/literacy<br />Parents adding value to learning activities through use of forums<br />Collating feedback on reports<br />All homelearning set via FROG (Lesson Planning/Quick issue)<br />Parent support materials attached to lessons<br />
  36. 36. Dominic Tester<br />Assistant Headteacher<br />Costello Technology College<br />d.tester@costello.hants.sch.uk<br />www.twitter.com/dtester<br />Any<br />Questions?<br />
  37. 37. www.youtube.com/costellotechcollege<br />http://costello-frog.blogspot.com/<br />
  38. 38. http://www.futurelab.org.uk/resources/publications-reports-articles/handbooks/Handbook1659<br />
  39. 39. Useful Sources<br />http://costello-frog.blogpost.com<br />http://www.ict-register.net/docs/lp/costello-case-study.pdf <br />http://www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk/ohnothingmuch/Executive-Summary/<br />http://schools.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=oe&catcode=ss_es_fam_02<br />http://www.specialistschools.org.uk/article.aspa?PageId=1320<br />http://www.ict-register.net/pe.php<br />Engaging Parents in Raising Achievement: Do Parents Know They Matter?<br />Exploiting ICT to improve parental engagement, moving towards online reporting: An introduction for schools<br />Exploiting ICT to improve parental engagement, moving towards online reporting: Framework guide<br />http://www.yudu.com – fantastic online publishing for your school from only £99 per year!<br />http://www.eventelephant.com/ - Great way of managing schools events, whether they be free or paid activities<br />http://www.iamlearning.co.uk – excellent games based learning/revision for students<br />