The Student Gateway
When we started to build a Student Gateway and discussed with students what they wanted we were a little surprised when they said- ‘the same as the Staff Gateway’. Students liked the clean simplicity of the icons and wanted to get rid of the right navigation bar altogether. They also wanted as little writing as possible on the page and the addition of a Picture Gallery. For students most of their time on the Gateway is spent in the Learning Areas- subject and revision sites. The Student Gateway is shown below.
Students have the same basic functionality with the timetable showing a one day/two week view. Gift and Talented Year 8 Students have started experimenting with ‘My Site’ as an e-portfolio but major developments in this area will take place with SharePoint 2010 when greater functionality will make a better solution.
Students also have access to the ‘My Progress’ site which displays their key details, tutor time and lesson by lesson attendance, grades and reports. See page 7 in this guide for further details or for a breakdown of all our Online Reporting solution along with availability see the ‘Online Reporting to Parents’ guide on this site. We also give students access to the same software as teachers through the ‘My Programs’ link. This is used largely out of school but our netbook roll out could see no software being made available on the machine but through the Twynham Learning Gateway.
One of the key challenges for schools with the importance of outcomes and league tables is the quality of data analysis and an appreciation of a school’s strengths and weaknesses. At Twynham we have used the Learning Gateway as a vehicle for the instant analysis of both Reviews and Reports throughout the year but also public examination results. Not only does this data system provide a powerful tool for senior leaders to analyse headline data it allows middle leaders, pastoral leaders and classroom teachers to drill into specific information and form accurate judgement on the quality of results.
The Data Analysis Pyramid consists of:
- Headline Analysis showing an overview of results and breakdown by gender.
- All subject report giving a subject by subject overview with gender breakdown.
- Individual Subject Report with gender breakdown.
- Individual Class Report with Key Stage Tracker.
- Individual Student Report.
- Teacher Analysis Report to present feedback on results.
The Data Analysis Pyramid is created within Reporting Services and then integrated into SharePoint. To access the data teachers click on the data page and are presented with the interface below.
The Headline analysis is shown below and gives a clear overview of results with key figures.
Clicking on the top right of the Headline Analysis brings up the All Subject page.
When teachers click on any subject it will bring up the Individual Subject Analysis shown below.
This then leads to the Individual Class Analysis which is shown below. This consists of the students names (removed in the example), their KS2-KS4 projections and their performance across the current Key Stage. Where student grades are lower than their target they are shown in red and grades above target are shown in green.
If a teacher would like to see how a student performed across all of their subjects against their subject this can be done simply by clicking on a student name from the page above which brings up the Individual Student Report.
At the start of the autumn term all teachers with year 11 and 13 classes have to complete a Teacher Analysis Report which is automatically generated from within the Learning Platform.
In addition to collaboration sites the Twynham Learning Gateway supports staff training and development. As a training school we support trainee teachers and make a wide range of documents and videos available to support the development of outstanding teaching.
Our Leading Edge work includes video training on effective whiteboard techniques.
Staff Collaboration- sharing resources and ideas
SharePoint is of course famous for being a collaboration platform and as well as the wide range to tools and resources staff regularly use the Twynham Learning Gateway to share and work on projects. A few examples are shown below with the first being a collaboration site for our current review of Key Stage 3.
The site below is our Teaching and Learning site.
IT Room and Hardware booking
With 12 IT suites 8 of which have some open booking facility and dozens of pieces of bookable hardware the Twynham Learning Gateway allows efficient management of resources for IT support staff. The Room and hardware booking facility allows staff to identify and select a resource to use up to two weeks in advance. The process is automated so that staff simply click on the time and resources they wish to book and fill in the basic details.
Staff and student access to software away from school is always an issue especially when the software is subject specific and unlikely to be owned by individuals. The Twynham Learning Gateway overcomes this by making software available from the school servers. Staff and students simply need to go to the ‘My Programs’ section of the Gateway and open the relevant software.
The software is made available through terminal services.