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CDSM’s Response to the Challenges of School Improvement in Wales

What’s being done to improve performance in Welsh schools?

Wales is currently experiencing significant educational reform. At the heart of this reform is an unequivocal acceptance that the performance of schools has to improve. Welsh Government has provided dedicated funding to support school improvement activities, which are planned at school and regional level. This collaborative approach acknowledges the support that regional education consortia can offer schools, driving their performance in the right direction. There are four regional education consortia in Wales, each of which is responsible for agreeing and monitoring their client-schools’ use of funding, in order to ensure there is a positive impact on school performance and learner outcomes.

In partnership with CDSM, the Education Achievement Service (one of the four regional education consortia, based in South East Wales) identified the need for a web-based system that enabled School Leaders to plan and support all funding, monitoring and accountability activities linked to their school’s improvement plan. Together, we developed the My School Improvement Dashboard (MySID) to meet these requirements. MySID is based on Estyn and Welsh Government guidance.

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MySID users are guided through an easy, cyclical planning and improvement process online. We wanted to help all involved achieve success, so we developed the following features:

  1. Self-Evaluation

A feature, designed around the Estyn Framework, which helps schools identify their strengths and weaknesses.

  1. Development Plan

This feature enables schools to identify and prioritise short and long-term goals.

  1. Budget Profiler

This outlines the grants available to schools, and enables them to add additional custom budgets to help them to make decisions on how to achieve their goals.

  1. Activity Plan

This feature enables School Leaders to find events or initiatives that will lead to school improvement.

  1. Financial Monitoring

This feature is designed to help schools create accessible, transparent records of expenditure against budgeted allocation for all school improvement activities.

  1. Quality and Impact Reporting

This provides School Leadership Teams and Challenge Advisers with an understanding of the value of their school improvement activities, offering a measure of the impact each activity has had.

  1. Review Impact and Priorities

Enables schools to evaluate how successful they’ve been in meeting the goals set out in their Development Plan.

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Find out more about My School Improvement Dashboard by downloading the CDSM Case Study: The School Improvement Conversation in Wales.

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So, what are your thoughts on MySID? Is it being used at your school? How is it affecting your school’s improvement? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch via our contact page, or by using the hashtag #MySID on social media.

If you’re interested in hearing how we’re helping teachers directly in the classroom, check out CDSM’s work with Hwb.

 

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Boost Your Training with the Neuroscience of Education – Infographic

Eureka! In recent years, neuroscience research has made findings that could transform training and education. We’ve popped the results into our infographic-o-whizz-9000. Out came this handy piece brimming with tips for your next L&D project, and the lessons are spot on for both companies and schools.

One of the more interesting findings is that while many know neuroscience can improve training, few are applying its findings. That means this infographic shows how you can impress your boss with widely accepted ideas, but still leap ahead of your professional peers.

So, make your learners recall more for longer, boost their motor skills, and see their comprehension soar.

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E-Learning Paints a Pretty Picture – Infographic

The US Government has researched all the studies carried out on e-learning effectiveness over the past few years. We thought the report was a little on the heavy side, so for your benefit, we have made it more digestible in the form of a CDSM infographic.

Here’s the proof that e-learning kicks pass rates:

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Enjoy, and by all means, share with your colleagues!

Sources:

https://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/tech/evidence-based-practices/finalreport.pdf

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Text version of Infographic – e-Learning Paints a Pretty Picture

We put a Department of Education report through our infographic-o-whizz 9000. Out popped the most important points to power up your training, from a big review of all the studies done on e-learning.

Scope:

In the studies on e-learning effectiveness:

Learner groups ranged 16 to 1,857 people.

5 studies had 400+ learners.

Average learner age: 13 to 44.

Roughly half of the learning was academic. The remainder included professional development.

Most common subject area: Medical.

Other subjects: computer science, teacher training, social science, mathematics, languages, science and business.

At least 29 studies lasted more than a month.

Effects:

50 independent effects were scrutinised.

Of these, 11 were significantly positive for online or blended learning (using both online and face-to-face training).

Effects Boosting Learning Results:

Letting learners control their own interactions with media

Prompting learner reflection

Learners self-monitoring understanding

More collaborative opportunities

Extra learning materials

Additional learning time*

*Online learning tends to expand time spent on learning more than face-to-face training.

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On average:

Learners in online learning did slightly better than those with face-to-face instruction.

Learners using blended learning out-performed those with face-to-face instruction alone.

Sources:

https://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/tech/evidence-based-practices/finalreport.pdf

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