When we think about the start of autumn term, in the Target Tracker office, our initial thoughts have swayed towards the administrative tasks required to keep a school’s database in ship-shape. Updating the pupils on roll, changing classes and importing statutory data are all subjects our gallant helpline gets asked about at this particular time of the year.
But in this post, I wanted to explore some new academic year processes which teachers might use to best organise their curriculum and the provision for groups of pupils in the upcoming year.
Schools will be evaluating their provision, ready to make any tweaks to the curriculum for the new year. Identifying and subsequently grouping particular statements in Target Tracker makes planning, teaching and assessing a streamlined process. Lots of schools already know and use the ‘Statement Groups’ facility. Schools use this feature to allocate particular statements to a term or to create an intervention programme for a group of pupils. Although setting up a statement group does involve an initial time commitment, this facility offers a tie-in with planning and a streamlining of the assessment process which offers significant economies of time and effort.
Matching particular groups of pupils to certain statements may initially sound labour-intensive. However, both the Age-Related Expectation Summary and Gap Analysis reports have information to aid teachers in this task. Using these reports makes the process easier. For example, using the ‘Show Names’ option of the Age-Related Expectation Summary will reveal which pupils are ‘At Risk’. Grouping these pupils creates an instant intervention group and their provision can be tailored accordingly. For a more granular approach, the Gap Analysis report can show you which pupils have achieved shallow learning on a statement. By planning a dedicated task, the selected pupils can revisit the statement and their attainment raised accordingly.
Having completed the End of Key Stage returns only recently, the prospect of making judgements against the Statutory Teacher Assessment Frameworks may seem a long way off. However, Target Tracker has transposed those statements onto the programme of study, where they are listed within the year group they are most likely to be met. By running the Statement Overview report for writing, with the statement filter set for TAF statements and the band set for year 5, a year 6 class teacher can audit assessment against those statements before the year begins. If there are sufficient numbers of pupils showing shallow learning on a statement, teachers can plan for the necessary teaching immediately. That way, there are no nasty surprises waiting to be discovered towards the end of the academic year!
In summary, Target Tracker is designed for you to use when shaping learning as well as for assessment. Our intention is that it aids schools when mapping provision, planning and assessing. The above ideas are just some of the ways the software can help schools to do this. If you have an alternative task in mind, find out how Target Tracker can help you achieve it. Contact our helpline or visit our support section on our website and we are confident that you will find the answer there.
Wishing you a great start to the new school year!