SIMS Learning Gateway
February 22, 2009 § 1 Comment
Hamble College are one of the pilot schools for the Hampsire SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) project. In all honesty, it could be the straw that broke the camels bac but I did not think it was something we could miss out on. Its is central to all we are trying to achieve at Hamble College, afterall parental involvement is in my view critical to a schools success.
SLG permits the school and parents share information on 4 critical aspects;
Behaviour -achievement and challenging
Progress and attainment
IMHO two key points stand out in the conversations, ensuring secure web access to areas of SIMS for parents, students and teachers and how live, LIVE read / write access to SIMS data from computers with internet connection should be. There is was final point to discuss, staff workload expectations. While I accept that making this information / data available to users groups is a step forward there is a need to ensure that staff maintain an appropriate work/life balance. I write this on the back of half-term and its not meant to be a glib statement.
The next thinking bubble is about the integrity of the data – if SLG is to be effective it must report accurate, consistent and complete data. How do middle managers ensure this is achieved?
According to Becta ‘Providing parents with timely and meaningful information about their children’s school lives and work can help raise learner achievement,’ – really, I sold.
Now remember that all future, current and historic data will be available for students and parental scrutiny (data recorded without the openness in mind. What of the costs if that data is not accurate, consistent and complete? Has anyone forward thought or discussed the inevitable…. what happens when the erroneous data makes its mark? There are many potential pitfalls, incorrect registers, misplaced comments or misplaced staff laptop? Someone, somewhere, some school will be let down trying to apply online LIVE reporting. What strategies / policies must be put in place to not only to ensure the best working practices but to saftey net the pilot mistakes? I am not being pessimisitic but, I didnt get any guidance on the unforeseen…. only in this modern data driven world has it already been foretold?
and there were plenty to chose from.