A tracker is a comprehensive system that does the heavy lifting for you, providing on-the-spot access to key data and information for each pupil, each class, and for the whole cohort. It allows important information to be accessed by all main stakeholders, at all times. It’s easy to access, and tells you everything you need to know, exactly when you need to know it, without any barriers to obtaining important information.
What’s more, the data from a tracker supports you in choosing what content you need to deliver before exams in order to achieve the greatest impact. Then, come exam time, you’ll be able to predict – almost to a single percent – exactly what grade outcomes will be.
Switching from a spreadsheet to a tracker is a no-brainer. It makes total sense for your time, energy and outcomes. But then, we would say that wouldn’t we? Whether you do it through Excel, GoogleSheets or use the Pupil Progress tracking system – make sure that you invest time or money in to a tracker – don’t just use a spreadsheet.
- Do you formally assess all parts of the course?
- Do all members of your team use the same assessments?
- Is there a consistent approach to marking assessments across the team?
Focusing your post-results day efforts on the things that are in your control puts you back in the driver’s seat. Connect with your team and ask helpful questions like, how can we work together to avoid this for this next cohort of students?
Don’t beat yourself up about unpredicted poor results – every teacher has experienced their fair share. Instead, get a clear action plan together about how you plan to improve your data and share it with your team.