We caught up with one of our customers, Liam Durr from Chastmore Catholic High School, to ask a few questions about why he chose to use Pupil Progress. You can read his answers below, and find out more about what Pupil Progress can do for you here.
Hi Liam! Firstly, what's your role and how are you using Pupil Progress?
My role is subject leader and teacher of GCSE PE and OCR sport studies. I use Pupil Progress with all examination classes across KS4 (currently 6 classes).
What problem(s) were you looking to solve when you decided to start using the tracking system?
I wanted a robust system for tracking data, particularly in GCSE PE where there are LOTS of different sport combinations. Multiple exams and increased importance of the PEP further added to this. I had tried to create something on excel but it was not robust (often equations / data was removed / adjusted accidentally) and had limited functionality. I wanted to be able to more accurately predict the final grade students would achieve, and where they were currently. This can be difficult unless you have excel specialists within your department OR you have unlimited free time to crunch data.
How was the problem affecting your role / the roles of your teams?
I was wasting far too much time trying to collate information, that was ultimately having limited impact with the students. It was not easy to share information with students and they had limited understanding of the grade they were, why they were this grade, and how much improvement was needed to move to the next level.
How was it impacting your students?
Students lacked understanding of their current position. With GCSE PE and OCR Sport Studies, many scores make up the final overall mark. Students had limited understanding of the areas they needed to improve upon, and by how much.
What’s the biggest impact the system has had on your students / department / school?
Achieved excellent results with first cohort to use system. PE had best residuals within school (0.99) This is partly due to the use of pupil progress, where we were able to apply intervention more effectively due to increased understanding of data. Half-termly reports were produced and given to students, providing an update on their current performance. This increased transparency for all stakeholders.
What the biggest impact has the system had on your day-to-day / weekly / monthly / termly tasks?
This system has saved me so much time and stress. All of the department use it and it is now embedded for GCSE PE. We are developing it's use with OCR as we are on our first cohort through. It has improved the quality of communication with students and parents / carers.
What is the main area/feature/ functionality of the system that most benefits you and why?
I love the ability to adjust the grade boundaries. This meant last year that we were working at 2018 boundaries +4%. I was secure with predictions because of this function - we were less than half a grade away per student on average in terms of predictions and actual achieved results.
I also love the report that is produced. This has gone down very well during lessons (and sits at the front of their folder) and during parents evening.
Would you recommend Pupil Progress to others, and if so what would you say?
I would highly recommend Pupil Progress. It's a fantastic system that has helped my department become more effective. Last year it had a significant impact upon the final grades we achieved and I am confident this trend will continue.
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