SharePoint Self Review system for students

January 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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This week we have been working on a new Self Review system for students at Twynham School. This uses SharePoint to allow students to reflect on how they are performing half way through their first year of A-level. The project is just beginning so needs some polish but I thought it would be useful to show a demo of where we are at the moment. Have a look at the video below and let me know any thoughts on what we are doing and how we could make it better.

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SharePoint Self Review Web Part

January 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Why not become your schools hero with the SharePoint Self Review Web Part

One of the real strengths of SharePoint 2007 is the ability to quickly gather and share information. At Twynham as with all schools teachers are under pressure with the volume of data they need to give to review student performance. Whilst this is a major step forward in education many are arguing that just collecting more data from staff is counterproductive and time consuming. What can be more powerful is looking for more opportunities to encourage students to reflect

At Twynham last week we were faced with exactly this scenario when we returned from the Christmas break. Our Director of 6th Form wanted some quality reflection from year 12 and 13 students through self review. Last year he used a SharePoint survey which worked well but had two problems. Firstly it took time to set up and was not easy to adapt the data for the Director. The second issue was the survey required students to input core data that they shouldn’t need to. It seemed time for a web part! The Twynham team built a webpart which allows all students to quickly fill in a self reflection which can be seen below.

My Review- click to enlarge

Twynham year 12 and 13 students will be using this webpart from today to reflect on how they feel they are doing with their attitude to learning and what they feel they will achieve at the end of the course. This data can then be exported and shared with teachers. The key to the value of this work is that technology is encouraging both reflection and dialogue- two things which ensure students make greater progress.

This web part is available to purchase from Twynham Solutions alongside our mentoring and ILP system. For further details contact me by email here

Online Reporting to Parents Student Details

One of the Web Parts we have completed for Online Reporting to Parents is the Student Details. This has been available all year but I have not blogged about it as I would only be able to show you a blur given these are personal details. One of the developers at Twynham School has very kindly created a mock up to show the look and feel of the Web Part which can be seen below.

Student Details Web Part

Student Details Web Part

The Web Part is intended to be a simple reference for teachers when searching students so that they can quickly search for and contact a parent. At the same time when parents log in to the Parent Gateway they see their key details immediately. This ensures that parents are more likely to update us of their details if they move house or change numbers. Students can also see their own details when they log in to their ‘My Progress’ section.

Online Reporting to Parents Web Parts.

As we approach the end of the school year I thought I would return to a really important topic which will be top of the agenda in the next school year. I am of course talking about Online Reporting to Parents which must be completed by all secondary schools by the end of the next school year. At Twynham School we produced Online Reporting to Parents Web Parts for SharePoint two years ago before the government agenda. We have now made these available for sale in a partnership with Salamander Soft, a leading MIS/SharePoint Integration company. I have already written about the following Web Parts (see below 1-5) which have been produced for use with SIMS, Facility CMIS and now RM G2. Please click on the links below for a detailed set of blogs showing the specification of each Web Part.

  1. Timetable Web Part
  2. Attendance Web Parts
  3. Reports Web Parts
  4. Assessment Web Part
  5. Online Reporting to Parents page

Tomorrow I will start to cover the new Web Parts we have been producing to add to our current range and what we plan to be working on over the summer. If you would like further details in terms of annual licenses and installation you can contact me by email at

Online Reporting to Parents Report Viewer

February 10, 2009 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Online Reporting, SharePoint, Twynham School 

To finish the series I have been running on our work to meet the 2010 agenda for Online Reporting to Parents I wanted to show you what we have done with reports. These are perhaps the most informative piece of feedback parents receive in the year but the traditional delivery method can creates a number of problems. How many of the reports never make it home? The only way to get anywhere near 100% of reports to parents is post them out (far too expensive) or reply slips which take up hundreds of hours of admin time in a school. The other issue is how well read are the reports and how are they stored? For all of these issues having reports available online anytime anywhere with a secure login makes a lot of sense.

Annual Report Web Part

Annual Report Web Part


The image above shows the web part interface when a parent logs in to the Parent Gateway. A parent can click on any of the years to see reports across the whole time the student is present at school. Now that we have seen the 5 major web parts we have produced it is worth seeing them all together in context. Our parents and students can access the ‘My Child’ or ‘My Progress’ in one click and the view they see is as follows.

'My Progress' page top

'My Progress' page top

'My Progress' page bottom

'My Progress' page bottom

All of our Web Parts work on both CMIS and Capita SIMS. If you are interested in using the Web Parts on your SharePoint site then you can contact me at

Online Reporting to Parents ‘My Grades’

February 9, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Online Reporting, Twynham School 

Over the last week I have been talking about the web parts we have been producing to support the drive for Online Reporting to Parents. Undoubtedly our most popular web part so far has been the ‘My Grades’ web part. The idea behind this is that parents, students and teachers can track the progress of a student across a whole Key Stage.  Throughout the period parents would normally receive a series of reviews and reports but these would be sent out via students. Connecting the data together has been the major issue here in terms of tracking the progress of students. This is where the ‘My Grades’ web part comes in.

'My Grades' web part

The example above shows the  grade progression for a student in KS4. Their subject and target grades are pulled directly from the MIS system into our web part. When a report or review is completed by teachers it will appear in real time to students and parent. Grades which are one or more below target are shown in red and those grades above target are shown in green. One of the biggest challenges is the real time nature of this activity. Do we want students and parent to look at review grades and reports before they have been checked? At present we have opted for a delay period before the information is made available to students and parents. What is interesting is the reaction of students before we set these controls up. Students do care about their grades and would come in early in the morning (or log in at home) to see which new grades were available. We even had students assking teachers in lessons- when are you going to put my grades on! A nice challenge to have to deal with.

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