BlueSky Education (nominated by Parkside Academy and Clapton Girls' Academy)
BlueSky is the award-winning online leadership and management tool which helps schools to raise standards by transforming the way they organise staff performance and development.
It brings together all the data from performance management, professional learning, and a school’s self-evaluation processes to give leaders a detailed picture of staff progress and how what they do in class helps the school achieve its goals for improving children’s learning.
At the same time, it empowers staff to take charge of their own professional learning by giving them deep insight into the impact of their work.
Details of lesson observations, learning walks, appraisals, assessment against national and bespoke standards and achievements in training and qualifications alongside every other piece of data relevant to performance, can be uploaded directly to the system. At a glance, with all of the information in front of them, both staff and leaders can see the impact of their activity and identify needs to address and opportunities for further development. The system can generate reports for bespoke groupings of staff such as teams, departments and roles, so leaders can assess performance from different perspectives.
It is a modular system and schools can select which aspects to use to match their own needs and develop their usage over time. As a web-based tool, it requires no installation or other software: as soon as a school is enrolled, it is ready to go.
Why Schools choose BlueSky
Schools that use BlueSky underline the ease of use and efficiency. The old paper trail of evaluations and observations throughout the year and at appraisal time is no longer a problem as all of the relevant data and information is in one place. It frees up valuable leadership time to concentrate on analysing and understanding the information rather than chasing it.
For individual staff, BlueSky gives ownership of their professional development. Every member of staff in a school, including support staff, and non-academic staff can use BlueSky to map their progress and the BlueSky account moves with them if they change jobs.
At Parkside Academy we use BlueSky to ensure that all staff have an online professional portfolio which enables them to record, evaluate and define their own professional learning needs. BlueSky also enables leaders to map and track performance, record and evaluate performance management, lesson observations and internal and external CPD. Additional benefits include self- review and coaching tools which enable us to provide bespoke support for staff. We have received exceptional support from staff at BlueSky and have subsequently rolled out the system across our multi academy trust.
Used by more than 1,500 schools in over 33 countries around the world, BlueSky won a prestigious Bett Award in the Leadership and Management Solutions category in 2019 and is the only tool of its kind endorsed in the UK by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Some 96% of school leaders say the customer support is highly or very effective and 96% of school leaders are either satisfied or very satisfied with the system.
Support and training at the start and throughout the year’s subscription are part of the package with a mixture of face-to-face, online and one-to-one support.
Download Blue Sky’s report on the changing shape of lesson observations in schools.
Exclusive World Class Offer
BlueSky is offering all World Class Accredited Schools a complimentary 1-day free consultancy delivered by the BlueSky team.
Contact BlueSky to find out how they can support your school on:
Tel: +44 (0)1483 880004
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