The Benefits of BlueSky to Individuals

BlueSky can support you at whatever stage of your career you are at and whatever your role is in school. When you're ready to move to your next position, use the evidence within your portfolio to support your application and take your portfolio with you to your new school.

Teachers

BlueSky empowers you to take an active role in your professional development and work openly and collaboratively with your line manager.

  • BlueSky is your own secure online portfolio to track and monitor your performance throughout your career. It is portable and moves with you when you change schools.
  • The software helps you to set objectives with your manager that link to your team and the whole school improvement priorities.
  • Use the evidence you gather to identify your strengths and areas for development and request appropriate professional learning to develop.
  • When you engage in professional learning, whether an external course or observing a colleague, log its impact on your practice within BlueSky.
  • Use the evidence within BlueSky to support your pay progression and when applying for promotion.
  • The MyBlue area of BlueSky is where you connect with colleagues from your own and other schools, sharing expertise and advice.
As a BlueSky user I really value having everything in one place. I can review myself against the professional standards, plan for CPD opportunities and manage my evidence for performance management. Claire McManus, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning, Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

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Trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers

BlueSky supports you to understand your professional expectations and track your progress towards them.

  • BlueSky is your own secure online portfolio to track and monitor your performance throughout your career. It is portable and moves with you when you change schools.
  • The work you do with your mentor supports you to identify your strengths and areas for development and identify professional learning to develop.
  • When you engage in professional learning, whether an external course or working with your mentor, log its impact on your practice within BlueSky.
  • When looking for your first position, use the evidence within BlueSky to support your application.
  • You can connect with other trainees within the MyBlue area of BlueSky to share experiences and learn from each other.
BlueSky supports new staff by providing a robust and supportive system. All NQTs use the review section to compile evidence towards meeting the standards. Adam Arnell, Director of Teaching Schools Alliance, King Alfred's Academy, A National Teaching School.

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Support Staff

BlueSky offers you the same performance management and development tools as all other staff within your school.

  • BlueSky is your own secure online portfolio to track and monitor your performance throughout your career. It is portable and moves with you when you change schools.
  • The software helps you to work openly with your manager and set objectives that link to your team and the whole school improvement priorities.
  • Use the evidence you gather to identify your strengths and areas for development and request appropriate professional learning to develop.
  • When you engage in professional learning, whether an external course or working with a colleague, log its impact on your practice within BlueSky.
  • Use the evidence within BlueSky to support your pay progression and when applying for promotion.
  • The MyBlue area of BlueSky is where you connect with colleagues from your own and other schools, sharing expertise and advice.
Managing the performance of the TAs in BlueSky was the catalyst in using the system. They felt they were being given the same opportunities and professional support as the teaching staff. Johanna James, Assistant Headteacher, Lobley Hill Primary School.

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