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Drive more classroom impact.

Sonar Tracker is our brand new pupil assessment and progress tracker with teacher-usability at its core. Teachers can drive meaningful interventions that make a difference with powerful insights and analytics.

 

SEE BENEATH THE SURFACE

Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, not all pupils achieve their maximum potential.

Early warning signs can go unnoticed, buried deep in your school’s data.

Realising the potential for every child is at the core of Sonar Tracker, raising and answering the right questions when it counts.

We know teaching is more than just a job to you, so this is more than just software.

TOOLS FOR TEACHING

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‘See-More’ Simplicity

Discover more patterns across your cohort, class or school so you know where best to target interventions.

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‘My-Pupils’ Customised

Working with you, not prescribing, to achieve a tailored complete-answer solution specifically for your school and setting.

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Dynamic Automation

Our academic experts drive the Teacher-first design and ensure your system is always compliant with the latest DfE guidance.

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‘On-side’ Support

From first contact to day-to-day support we make sure you and your teams get and stay on-board with Sonar.

Stories of Success

Educational organisations just like yours are already benefiting from Sonar Tracker.

WATCH OUR LATEST WEBINAR

We spoke to Frazer Westmorland, Headteacher at Mundella Primary School about their experiences using Sonar Tracker and the impacts it has had on staff workload, empowerment and data confidence.

CASE STUDY

Gaining pupil insights without the time drain

Hear from Nick Hutchings, Headteacher at Hamilton Primary about how they’re using Sonar Tracker and the benefits they’ve seen for staff and pupils.

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ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING

We know you need reliable and actionable assessment data. Sonar Tracker won’t let you down.

Reliability and accuracy of assessment data must begin with a clear, robust model of assessment. Whatever your requirements, Sonar Tracker works with you to ensure the whole system delivers on this.

Unlike other systems, careful, workflow-conscious design, ensures that using Sonar Tracker is not an exercise in data entry. Its comprehensive tools and guidance actively support planning and interventions.

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MORE THAN JUST REPORTS

Assessment and pupil progress reports have multiple uses for different staff members. But, so often, they are merely considered in the assessment cycle but not fully interpreted and understood delivering pages of facts rarely answering the question ‘so what?’

With Sonar Tracker we have taken our unique opportunity to review the reporting solutions from all the market leading pupil trackers in the Juniper family, looking at which are used most and when.

Our extensive research has resulted in a new comprehensive suite of reporting tools, in Sonar Tracker that have a clear, defined usage and focus at the heart.

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‘ON-SIDE’ ONBOARDING AND SUPPORT

We recognise the importance of getting the setup you need in place before people begin using it. Our team of experts will work with you to review and implement your requirements.

Once you are underway, we will continue to support and guide you. Our dedicated support team are always on hand to help, and our built-in knowledgebase gives you what you need to support and expand your usage of Sonar Tracker as you use it. We also have a team of trainers available, with years of experience with assessment, including as senior leaders in schools, who can deliver additional training as required.

It’s important to avoid the trap of collecting data for the sake of it, just because you feel that you should. Any practice taking place in school needs to have a definable positive impact on the learners. The most useful data is that which can be used multiple times – reporting and tracking, as well as teaching and learning. 

Schools and educational establishments hold a wealth of data in a multitude of places. Taking that data to a single repository, with analysis tools that understand how to present it can enable significant impact. 

The DfE recommendation is to consider, “What data will be useful and for what purpose, and then collect the minimum amount required.” If it doesn’t add any value to teaching, or give you useful insight, then don’t collect it. Also, the balance between formative and summative assessment recording should be determined by what works for you – there’s no ‘correct’ way of doing it.

Pupil progress and attainment may be measured in several ways and expressed even more. Statutory assessments include descriptions of the learning that is required to achieve a pass grade. This is further described through curriculum content for each year group. An understanding of where a pupil is at within that content is the best measure of attainment. Commonly expressed as ‘Just At’ or ‘Securely At’ the expected standard for that point in time.

Ofsted makes the point that they don’t expect to see anything beyond the data used to support teaching within your school. You have the freedom to collect the information you need in the format that works best for your teachers, SLT and governors. Ofsted states that “Such information should be provided to inspectors in the format that the school would ordinarily use to monitor the progress of pupils in that school.”

Everything in Sonar Tracker is designed to support schools to maximise pupil outcomes and give school leaders the information they need to be in touch with pupil attainment and performance throughout the school. Through this, schools will be able to spot where to deploy their finite resources to deliver the most effective results. And these are exactly the things Ofsted want to see.

The frequency depends on the type of data. Adopting a ‘little and often’ approach to gathering formative assessment will enable a timely impact on learning. Summative assessments will be used less frequently to compare against a standard, typically at the end of a unit or term. Also, consider the level of detail needed. Only collect data that could have an impact, and crucially, collect that data once, then use it many times. 
 
Formative assessment tools, such as those in Sonar Tracker, are designed to enable teachers to gather a wider range and number of learning objective assessments that would be impossible through physical recording. These tools are also far better suited to rapid analysis of the data to inform teaching and learning decisions.

In a primary setting, it is easy for the management of assessment data to become a disproportionate drain on an assessment coordinator who almost certainly has a full-time teaching responsibility. Trying to manage this data in spreadsheets and documents can be a full-time task in itself. A high-quality assessment tracker, such as Sonar Tracker, is designed to support the collection of consistent assessment data and provide clear analysis tools to draw impactful conclusions. 

Teacher summative assessments (an overall description of attainment. e.g., Working At Expected in Reading) are essential when making predictions for pupil outcomes and smart deployment of resources to impact those outcomes. Formative assessments (achievements against curriculum objectives) should be used to inform summative judgements and for informing planning for teachers where gaps in learning are identified.

Yes. Although this may take different forms. National data exists for the statutory end of key stage assessments and tools are provided to compare. Juniper Education also offers a Juniper Benchmark for schools. This is an aggregated teacher assessment, created termly, taken from roughly 5000 schools using one of the Juniper Assessment Tracking solutions.

We know that teachers work hard and are always looking to be more efficient and effective; Sonar Tracker helps teachers and schools get the most value from their assessment effort. At its heart, the system encourages assessment to support the teacher, with data for tracking and reporting seamlessly building upon that. Being fully customisable provides you with a solution that perfectly supports your assessment framework.

JUNIPER SONAR SUITE

We have a new approach – we’re combining our brand-new Sonar Tracker and embedding it with a brilliantly designed curriculum framework, Sonar Curriculum, and linked mechanisms for sharing pupil’s learning progress with parents, automatically – Sonar Awards.

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