Online Reporting / Parental Engagement
BECTA is long gone (may it rest in peace), the Education Bill is looming on the horizon, and Ofsted framework changes are afoot...
We are at that time of year where we need to renew our SIMS Learning Gateway maintenance contract, and I am being asked from above if it is worth us keeping SLG running.
Yes, I agree we can save money on printing reports by having them available online, but those savings do not match the amount Capita desire from us!
I started to wonder how many Schools/Colleges are planning on maintaining SIMS Learning Gateway (and other equivalents) now that it is not "expected" for us to provide it. I know that Ofsted will most certainly be looking at the different communication methods used with parents/carers, but there's not really any mention of online reporting, just VLE's.
We already use email, text, a VLE, and our website to communicate; we have SIMS.net installed in classrooms for registration purposes; we already meet frequently with the parents/carers of our students; and we do not set homework for students as homework is done during our slightly longer school day.
Apart from attendance, report, achievement and behavioural information (which we already communicate to our parents/carers), I'm not sure what else I can add to try and justify the expense of keeping SLG for what parents/carers and our staff will actually get from it.
Has anyone else been put in the same situation? Has anyone considered deferring using SIMS Learning Gateway for a period of time?
Am I just being jaded? (Forgive my mood but I've had a headache all morning, and it's been a long week already!)
Any comments are much appreciated :)