Case study: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary

by Louise Young
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Background 

St Joseph’s Catholic primary school is a mixed, Catholic primary school in the market town of Ross on Wye in Herefordshire.  The school has just over 100 pupils on roll and also includes an on-site nursery which acts as a feeder for the school.


The Challenge

The nursery was using Tapestry, a learning record, but they didn’t have an equivalent in place for the school.  Head teacher Hayley Francis wanted to be able to holistically analyse the progress of children through the transition from the nursery, through school, until year six when pupils move on to secondary school.  


Setup

One of the key benefits of Kinteract is that it can be personalised to suit the individual requirements of a particular school.  St Joseph’s wanted to be able to analyse and evidence the progress of pupils against the Catholic curriculum, alongside the English Primary Curriculum and Kinteract was able to incorporate this into the system, ensuring it was a completely bespoke offering to meet the school’s requirements.

Implementation

St Joseph’s implemented Kinteract in September 2019 across the nursery and primary school.  Teachers and nursery staff were trained to use Kinteract separately, but both settings were onboarded simultaneously.  

Once all staff were familiar with the system, the school sent out letters to parents to obtain consent to share observations instantly with them via the native app.  Kinteract provided an on-site parent drop in where parents could come in and ask any questions.  

Application

Teachers and nursery staff can now post observations or evidence of learning on a child’s timeline and instantly link the posts to the curricula via intuitive tags generated by the system.  Staff can see at the click of a button the overall progress for the child or class, enabling them to be responsive in their planning for next steps. 

Subject coordinators can search for any posts relating to evidence of their subject in action through curriculum hashtags. Where they want to track those elements outside of the curriculum the user-defined hashtags can help them track additional features of their planning i.e. #BeAHistorian

The app allows the school to be able to instantly share a child’s progress with parents rather than relying solely on termly reports or parent consultations.    Homework can also be sent home via the app, including video and voice elements if necessary.

St Joseph’s will also be able to use the translation feature with parents where English isn’t their first language – in some classes up to 75% of pupils would benefit from this feature, allowing parents to monitor their child’s progress in their mother tongue.

Kinteract’s reporting and data analysis enables the school to monitor the progress and attainment by year group, groups of pupils or individual pupils, instantly identifying positive results or areas in need of improvement.

Results

Kinteract has allowed St Joseph’s to effectively record a child’s achievements, individually monitor and evaluate learning and provide feedback to parents.  As a result, there has been a knock-on effect of also reducing teacher workload.  

According to Deputy Head Alison Murray:

“Using Kinteract as our assessment system has allowed us to measure the implementation and impact of the curriculum we are teaching at St Joseph’s. The Kinteract app allows our Nursery and Primary school staff to immediately record observations of individual pupils and groups of pupils across all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, the National Curriculum and Catholic Education Services Age Related Standards in Religious Education."

“The app also allows parents to view the progress their child is making rather than only seeing work during parent consultations. Parents are able to respond to these observations, giving them a greater link to their child’s education. 

“Recorded observations support staff when making summative assessments. The reporting system allows senior management to monitor attainment and progress from Nursery to Year 6 by year group and by groups of pupils, identifying positive results and any areas that require improvement”.

Year five and six teacher Rhys Gunter commented,

“Using Kinteract has been great to track and assess a child's progression in class. It has saved me a lot of time when uploading national curriculum objectives a child has met by grouping children together. The graphs produced, after assessment data has been uploaded, are clear and show where the class is at for meeting objectives."

Not only has Kinteract been able to tick the box of providing a learning portfolio that will transition with students from nursery through to Year 6 (and beyond!) but in the process the teaching community at school have seen time-saving and ease of use benefits since implementing Kinteract. For parents, the ability to contribute to a child’s learning by adding comments to a teacher’s posts has provided additional benefits, even more relevant during the current school closures due to COVID-19. 

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