A holistic perspective improves strategy and standards across STEP Academy Trust
STEP Academy Trust, London and South-East
BlueSky helps leaders to identify talent and expertise that can be leveraged to improve standards across the 18-school Trust.
"It really helps us to understand our people but, more importantly, empower them to develop their own career pathway as well."Read more Download PDF
Supporting the focus on literacy and middle leadership
The Bemrose School, Derby
BlueSky helps the all-through school guard against a 'tick-box' culture for performance management and puts staff in control of their development.
"BlueSky allows me and the leadership team to reflect on things that are important for us, providing a rich source of evidence that we can triangulate with pupil outcomes and the impact of training on wider school outcomes."Read more Download PDF
BlueSky helps Congleton High School streamline and strengthen approaches to CPD, performance management and self-evaluation
Congleton High School, Cheshire
Intelligence for Ofsted is easy to access, helping the school to tell its improvement story in a simple but powerful way
"The ease of pulling off reports is key. If someone asks me how something has improved, I can very quickly say, well this was the picture in 2018 but this is the picture now."Read more Download PDF
Supporting students and their mentors in high-quality teacher training
Northern Lights SCITT, Yorkshire
Rapid feedback on performance, access to CPD materials and quality assurance across trainee cohorts all made easier with BlueSky
"We are not grading them, but they assess their progress and development against the standards, We then use that information to run reports across the cohort to see which areas need to be worked on during the year."Read more Download PDF
Rethinking data for Ofsted led St Stephen’s to switch from paper to BlueSky
St Stephen’s C of E Primary School, Bradford
The capacity to combine performance data, professional development and whole school targets made BlueSky the ideal digital solution
"It allows staff to feel they are part of the process and they can see themselves as part of the bigger picture. Staff don't tend to see that usually: they don't see how their development is connected to other people's, but with BlueSky, they see at a glance how their appraisal links to national standards and the school's standards and to the school's improvement goals and the work that others are doing."Read more Download PDF
Using an online platform has transformed lesson observations
Thomas Telford School, Shropshire
Leaders can see at a glance the outcomes and easily identify common areas for development and training
"We have a culture now where professional development is seen as a career-long process and BlueSky could really help us to embed that concept ever more deeply across the school."Read more Download PDF
Online system combines efficiency with power to drive improvement
William de Ferrers Secondary School, Essex
Access to key data at a glance provides leaders with a deeper understanding of performance, helps inform self-evaluation and highlights staff expertise
"BlueSky means we can set out the key points from our development plan, and then staff can link it to what they are doing in terms of training, research, reading or other evidence throughout the year, and leaders can ensure development is aligned to the school's needs."Read more Download PDF
A school with 16th century history and 21st century management.
Sherborne School, Dorset
Sherborne School's new paperless process links the development of staff with its professional standards and school improvement.
"It is reassuring to know that we have a system to help us operate our CPL more effectively and productively. We are now a more effective organisation."Read more Download PDF
BlueSky helps a leading technology college streamline its performance management
Basingstoke College of Technology
Basingstoke College of Technology uses BlueSky to monitor the progress of more than 400 members of staff.
"After only a few weeks of being in post I could see the benefits of having a centralised system to monitor staff performance and development"Read more Download PDF
Connecting individual staff performance and school-wide improvement
Hempstead Schools Federation
Hempstead Schools Federation uses BlueSky to link and bring clarity to all elements of staff performance and monitoring.
"Since implementing the solution, changes to the appraisal system and the need to tie processes together have led to us discovering so much more in BlueSky".Read more Download PDF
Updating our model for whole school teaching and learning
Barnby Road Academy
"Staff have really bought into BlueSky and are now using it to log their own development.
"Before deciding on BlueSky as our new model, we conducted a survey of staff attitudes and it was clear everyone was ready for change. Ensuring that staff would use the new system was essential and thanks to the strength of the support we received from BlueSky, including training and unlimited use of the BlueSky helpline, this need has definitely been met".Read more Download PDF
Evaluate the effectiveness of professional development and learning provision
Here is a school rated 'outstanding in challenging circumstances' by Ofsted. Its 1,600 students come from a range of ethnic backgrounds, with the majority speaking English as a second language, and falling below national averages in terms of socio economics and ability.Read more Download PDF
Reduce workload by having everything in one place
Dulwich College Beijing, China
"The teachers are comfortable with using BlueSky, and the processes we use it for. That makes a huge difference.They know their own objectives, they can request CPD and they know the school development plan. BlueSky links everything together, that's a huge impact for everyone. The transparency of the system means that everyone feels good about their development and can see what they are working towards which has a very positive impact. If a teacher is moving to another school they like that they can take their BlueSky account with them," says MaheshRead more Download PDF
Staff centred appraisal, development, and professional learning
Ulink College Shanghai, China
"If you want to make teacher development, professional learning and appraisal teacher centred, and give the teachers the onus to be at the forefront of their own development then you need a platform that you can set up and hand over to the teachers. BlueSky is perfect for this because it brings it together so well," says Emmanuel.Read more Download PDF
Linking professional development to individual and school objectives
UWC Changshu China
"All of these aspects contribute to, and have a certain impact on, pupil outcomes. It really does help to maintain standards, which is helpful for any institution," says Christoph Genz, Deputy Dean of FacultyRead more Download PDF
Improved efficiencies provide a documented personal professional journey for staff
Taipei European School, Taiwan
Observation feedback is used qualitatively - through analysis and presentations to middle leaders, they have used BlueSky to determine CPD priorities. Having it all in one place and so easily accessible has really had a huge impact.
"We have been able to do this year what we've never done before which is to talk meaningfully about observation feedback and set priorities for the future," says Christopher Bellamy, Deputy Head, British Secondary and High School at Taipei European School.
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Evidencing the trajectory of one of Dubai’s most successful schools
The Emirates International School - Meadows, Dubai
"We can provide feedback very quickly after lesson observations," Andrew commented. "Whereas in the past I would have been entering data into spreadsheets and then making comparisons, the system does it all and the Head of Department can discuss the evidence with the member of staff almost immediately."Read more Download PDF
The systematic approach to performance management enables leaders to track performance and boosts staff engagement
GEMS Wellington - Silicon Oasis, Dubai
BlueSky's flexibility means the academy has been able to tailor the functions to suit its needs and its existing culture and practiceRead more Download PDF
Performance management systems and practice are aligned across six schools in the multi-academy trust
Gloucestershire Learning Alliance Trust
BlueSky has provided an excellent platform for the trust to analyse and evaluate the impact of its performance management strategy, Claire says. But beyond the technical accessibility, a key element is that it matches their culture and philosophy around performance management.Read more Download PDF
Education establishment moves from ‘Special Measures’ to ‘Outstanding’ in one academic year
Oxfordshire Hospital School
BlueSky has helped bring together and share best practice across the whole school. Between September 2016 and July 2017, the school went from being in special measures to outstanding in every category.Read more Download PDF
At CIT South, standards are heading north.
The Priory, Garth and Boston Endeavour Academy Special Schools / Community Inclusive Trust South
CIT is also finding BlueSky is ideal for presenting information to bodies such as governors, Ofsted and the local authority.
"BlueSky provides senior leaders with access to quality-assured information, allowing an accurate overview of what areas are working well and conversely highlighting those areas which may need more energy and focus."Read more Download PDF
Providing Teach First with a powerful facility for tracking and supporting participant progress
Allowing objective discussion, formative dialogue and rapid intervention.
"BlueSky is a key tool that is helping us to make a real difference to the quality of our programme and ensuring our teachers are the best that they can be for their pupils" Helen Gooch, Curriculum Design Project Manager at Teach FirstRead more Download PDF
Powering a global view of professional learning for all staff across five campuses
The British School in the Netherlands
How BlueSky supports one of Europe's largest international schools with their professional learning programme and objectives setting process
"We have a much more filtered and consistent process now, and that's reflective of the level of professionalism across the school. Staff are much more aware of their responsibility to keep their practice under review, evaluating it on an ongoing basis and looking at specific aspects of their practice that they are going to work on during the academic year."Read more Download PDF