WHAT IS EARWIG?
A software package designed by clever teachers to turn the whole business of providing teaching evidence, making assessments, tracking progress and reporting into a pleasure rather than a chore.
It is one integrated system but comes in three flavours...
EARWIG CLASSIC for schools that want to capture magic moments engage parents and stay organised.
EARWIG ASSESSMENT for schools that want a simple tool to speed up assessment, tracking and reporting.
EARWIG PORTFOLIO for secondary schools that want students to evidence and present progress in non-core subjects.
‘I am just loving using Earwig!’
Ruth Simcock, Early Years Coordinator,Star Academy, Stoke
Records evidence easily, organises it quickly and presents it vividly. Celebrates pupil achievement in a structured way and ensures that you are always 'Ofsted ready'.
Deals with your documents, images, videos and is synchronised with your school database, so you can produce vivid timelines for any class, subject, cohort or individual pupil.
‘Earwig is very clear and very clever’
Takes any assessment regime and makes it quick and easy to use. Automatically tracks and illustrates progress against subject, subject area or statement through the year and across years.
One package does the whole job elegantly and easily, right through the school, from early years to university. So only one package to buy and only one system for teachers to learn. Training and individual support included.
‘Earwig is completely revolutionary and has transformed the way we work.‘
Giles Storch, Headteacher Euxton Primary, Lancashire. Rated ‘Outstanding’ 2014
EARWIG PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
Students use the Earwig app to create their own work portfolios, presented as a timeline for individual subjects, classes or projects. Teachers monitor these online and record interventions, marks and advice.
Each timeline illustrates progress engagingly for pupils, staff and parents and provides an invaluable, permanent record of academic for specific periods or over an entire school or university course.
‘THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED TO TRACK PROGRESS IN PE, ART, DRAMA, MUSIC AND OTHER SUBJECTS WHERE PAPER BASED RECORDS STRUGGLE.‘
Umesh Patel, Education Consultant
Engage with parents
Each Earwig parent gets a secure login and a wonderful, free, ever-growing record of their child’s school life.
After-school conversations become much more interesting and productive. Parents are delighted to be so informed and are consequently more supportive of the school in other ways.
‘Research has shown that childrens’ grades improve by an average of 15% when parents are engaged.‘
WHAT’S HOT IN EDUCATION
Have you decided what assessment framework you’re going to measure pupil performance with in the next few years?
If you have then what you need is a neat software package and app that allows your staff to do the whole evidence management, assessment, tracking and reporting job in one go, using the same login and process right through from early years to secondary.
Our schools say that this suite saves their teachers as much as 50% of the time they were previously spending on assessment, evidence management and producing reports – and, of course, everything is presented elegantly and with that little bit of class.
It’s got to be worth a look.
FINAL YEAR ASSESSMENTS FOR KS1 AND KS2
OK. So the National Curriculum ‘Interim’ Assessments for those completing KS1 and KS2 didn’t quite get off the ground last year!
But the word is that they will definitely be required this year and that each assessment will need to be accompanied by some evidence. It will be a pain, of course, but much less of a pain if you staff have been quietly scanning documents, taking photos and video and tagging these during the course of the year.
Then, at the end of the year, using Earwig Assessment, your staff will be able to do the whole thing, beautifully presented, analysed and even benchmarked, in about one hour per class.
Several Earwig schools have had no-notice Ofsted inspections recently. Each of them has commented on how much more relaxed staff are, knowing that they can show the performance, over time, of each class, subject, project or child, at the click of a mouse. Each inspector has commented favourably about the Earwig presentation and, while we can’t prove the connection, we have even had a couple of Earwig schools upgraded after inspection.