AN APP AND SOFTWARE PACKAGE THAT WILL ENABLE YOU TO CAPTURE TEACHING EVIDENCE,
MAKE PUPIL ASSESSMENTS, PRODUCE VIVID REPORTS AND DELIGHT PARENTS – FAST.
Open the app. Take photos or video. Tag these with the names of relevant pupils, and subjects, Add a commentary, if you wish, and you’re done. You have created a record which goes into individual timelines for each teacher, class, subject, activity group, team, child – you choose exactly what you want to see.
The timeline presentation means that your teaching evidence is always organised, elegantly presented, and ready to be shared effortlessly with colleagues, authorities and parents.
Here are those steps again…
CAPTURE A MOMENT
You can capture a moment of achievement using any camera or by scanning a document, but the easiest way is using a tablet or phone and the Earwig app. To see how easy this is, check out the video.
To turn this into a record, add a short comment, tag the image with the subject and relevant pupils from the dropdowns and, bingo! You’re done. It generally takes 10 to 20 seconds, depending on how long your commentary is, but the important thing is that then you can forget it. No more going back to stick photos into books or annotate them. There is even a special widget to enable you to create a whole class full of individual records in one go.
CHOOSE YOUR TIMELINE
To bring up a timeline of all the relevant records, for whatever period, just go to the Timeline Filter and choose what you want to look at, or show. A couple of clicks and there it is. Vivid, brilliant, relevant, current. You can save this as a PDF and print it if you wish. Couldn’t be easier or quicker. Leaves more time for teaching.
USE A TIMELINE TO SHOW PROGRESS
Each school can create its own list of tags to ensure that timelines reflect their priorities. Subject heads can track achievement in their subject across classes and Heads can get a birds-eye view of progress across the school, compare one year with another and select records that establish standards across the school. Cluster moderators can see how different schools to encourage best practice.
It also means that you are ready for that ‘no-notice’ Ofsted inspection, whenever it may happen. Serious stress relief!
SHARING WITH PARENTS
While everyone subscribes to the idea of increasing engagement with parents, it’s actually a difficult and time consuming activity for teachers. When your school runs Earwig, this happens automatically. Parents can log in to see what their child did today and discuss this while it is fresh in their child’s mind. Children are more motivated. They perform better and Ofsted, of course, love it. Everybody wins.
Because it deals with images of children, safeguarding is always central to the way that Earwig operates. All data is encrypted and each school’s content is confined to approved users. Each user can only access the information which is relevant to them. For example, parents can only see records relating to their own children. Looked after children are dealt with automatically and parents can ask to have their children excluded from the process.
Earwig Evidence captures and organises your teaching evidence, but to use it to support assessment, you will need the Earwig Assessment module and then choose the frameworks that you need for your pupil cohorts
Teaching Evidence, shared with colleagues and parents, is a valuable record of achievement in a school. But to make this evidence really valuable, in terms of improving outcomes for pupils (and for keeping Ofsted happy) this evidence needs to be firmly linked to a curriculum or other set of measures created by an assessment framework of some sort.
USE WITH ANY ASSESSMENT SCHEME
In mainstream schools, the EYFS Early Years framework and the National Curriculum are examples of nationally recognised grading schemes. But, for SEND, there are 90 categories of disability alone. So the best way to ensure that a school can provide each pupil with an appropriate set of performance measures is to have a suite of assessment frameworks and to mix and match these for each pupil. The Earwig Framework Library currently contains more than 300 different curricula and targets sets. You can choose from these or ask us to build one or more unique schemes for your school.
Then the Earwig app will allow teachers to effortlessly link their evidence records to pupil targets form any number of frameworks and amalgamate this into one seamless and vivid timeline for any pupil, class, subject, topic, year group or teacher.
For more about how pupil assessment works in Earwig go to ASSESSMENT OPTIONS.
REPORTING AND ANALYTICS MODULE
HUNDREDS OF REPORT OPTIONS
Like all good pupil assessment packages, Earwig will also provide you with the tools to produce elegant, vivid and data driven pupil reports. Select from many different templates to create exactly the right report configurations for your school and pupil cohorts. Teachers can add their commentaries and share these with parents and others with a couple of clicks.
ALL YOUR ANALYTICS WITH A FEW CLICKS
In the same way, the SLT can produce a wide range of clear and useful analytics reports and charts. Head teachers can knock out all the school analytics required in a few hours and take an extra week’s holiday! They can also relax in the knowledge that their school is always ‘Ofsted ready’.
EHCP BASED TARGETS AND REPORTS
Since the Rochford Review in 2016 there is one progress assessment mechanism that all special schools and SEN units in mainstream schools must use. This is based on the individualised set of outcomes specified in each child’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which is drafted in consultation with the relevant local authority.
These outcomes need to be broken down into measurable objective and short-term targets, in order to show all those interested in the development of the child, how their education is being tailored to their needs.
The highly individual nature of these target sets makes generating reports and analytics particularly difficult and tedious. So Earwig has devised a special module to enable teachers to do this easily and quickly and produce accurate and vivid reports for each pupil’s Annual Review, with just a few clicks.
‘The service and provision from the team at Earwig has always been exemplary. We have found the impact on teacher's workload huge, the benefits for showing progress for children monumental and it meets our needs brilliantly. The assessment framework has been modified to suit our children's individual needs and we are confident using this as part of our daily practice. A marvellous tool that not only benefits teachers but impacts on children's learning - SUPERB!’
Alex Rayner, Headteacher, Gibside School, Gateshead.
THE EARWIG ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK LIBRARY
All schools use a variety of different assessment measures to monitor pupil progress but the variety of assessment schemes and profiles is far greater in special schools.
The Earwig assessment module has been designed to accommodate any sort of curriculum or target set and many schools design their own. As a result, we have built more than 300 different assessment frameworks which are currently in use at Earwig schools. Almost all of these can be made available to your school and applied to your Earwig Evidence and Assessment software package.
To learn more about how to find the right frameworks for your school, head for the Earwig Framework Finder.
SPECIALIST FRAMEWORKS IN EARWIG
In the ‘post levels’ SEN educational environment, most special schools have developed curricula and assessment mechanisms of their own, but many also use specialist schemes which deal with a particular disability or development area. There are dozens of these already available in Earwig. These are a few of the more popular ones.
Click on the name to learn more about the framework. If you would like to see a detailed breakdown of the framework elements in the Earwig package, click on the image and search for it in the Earwig Framework Finder.
The Autism Education Trust framework
SLD and PMLD assessment from the EQUALS Trust
From Enham Trust
For use by trained Rebound therapy trainers
Routes for Learning
Originally developed for SEN teaching in Wales
Multi-disciplinary, for ASD
Essential skills for independent living
And many, many others, all in several different variations.
If you don’t see what you are looking for in this list – it’s probably in the Framework Library.