Students summarise their experiences within the parameters decided by the school, often Enjoyment and Achievement (as a result of the Every Child Matters agenda) but equally this could be Progress, Learning Effort, Challenge or anything else you consider valuable. You can choose how you wish the data to be disseminated, so departmental heads can be granted wider access than other teaching staff. You also have full control over when and where data can be gathered, at certain times of the week, in particular lessons, or for specific members of staff
Teachers can see aggregated data for date ranges or lesson periods they select and, as data is available at pupil level, can see where the learning has been most effective. Groups can be analysed using any characteristics held on SIMS such as Looked After Children, Gifted and Talented, Gender, Free School Meal Eligibility and Ethnicity, to compare equality of opportunity.
In addition to using SMyLE to continuously monitor pupils, staff can also create personalised surveys, contain any number of questions, each of which can be responded to in numerous ways from simple Yes/No responses, through Likert scales to multiple choice. Staff can invite any group of students such as free school meals, students from a particular postcode, or gifted students. Surveys don’t have to concern teaching and learning, they can be curricular, and are being used to plan future lessons and revision sessions
As well as the ‘hard’ data, pupils are free to enter comments and express anything they wish, explaining why they feel the way they do, without time pressure. Reflecting upon their learning privately, rather than in front of the class, means everyone can have a voice without fear of ridicule
Pupils can become highly articulate when evaluating their learning and provide incredibly valuable information for any teacher looking to adapt and personalise their practice. Every piece of data is attributable to a pupil, and can be responded to individually.
SMyLE is a module within INSIGHT and as like our parent and pupil engagement software, SMyLE directly uses staffing information, timetables and student details from SIMS and so minimal set-up is required. Additional data fields including ‘Summative self-assessment’ and ‘Lesson surveys’ can be set up if required.
SMyLE fits seamlessly with INSIGHT and comments, along with the underlying data, can be made available to parents if desired. This information can be used to improve a pupil’s engagement across the whole of their curriculum.
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