BESA in conversation with… Educater

Data analysis is becoming a very hot topic and fundamental for school improvement, says Educater

Educater is very much promoting a person-centred/child-centred solution, why is it important to enable everybody to have a personalised way of learning?

At Educater, we understand that every child will learn in their own unique way and at their own pace. The purpose of a person-centred approach is to ensure that each pupil is able to achieve their full potential, so it is vital that the best level of learning can be provided to each individual child. 

Without this individualised system, many pupils could be forced to learn too fast for their own ability, work with ideas they do not fully understand or be unable to practise in the depth they may need. This can result in areas of a child’s education being left misunderstood. If a pupil misses out on the depth of education they need due to a lack of personalised learning, they can struggle to apply their knowledge at a further level. 

What makes Educater’s approach to assessment different from what else is on the market (what are the benefits especially for independent schools)? 

Our approach to assessment is to put control back in the hands of school leaders. When levels were replaced back in 2015, chaos spread across the education sector with a number of different providers supplying their own version of the National Curriculum framework for schools to assess against. 

“We’ve noticed that a lot of schools are benefiting from being able to analyse their school performance against other schools within their collaboration and against schools nationally.” 

Three years down the line, school leaders are still trying to find their feet and find an assessment strategy that best suits the needs of their school. This is why Educater has incorporated multiple frameworks from a number of suppliers into Educater Assessment. School leaders can pick and mix the best elements from each framework, including their own, to suit their school. This allows leaders to teach the curriculum and shape their assessment strategy in the way that’s right for their school and their pupils.

What do you think are the next developments of EdTech in schools?

Data analysis is becoming a really hot topic and fundamental for school improvement. We’ve noticed that a lot of schools are benefiting from being able to analyse their school performance against other schools within their collaboration and against schools nationally.  

At Educater, we have recently launched a new analysis tool which allows independent school leaders to view all their school data in one place. Leaders can compare school performance across the entirety of their school, analyse KS2 data against national averages, and gain insights into KS2 progress with our value-added calculator.

By helping independent schools compare data, teachers and school leaders are able to share the information across leadership teams and with nearby schools. This gives an easy opportunity for leaders to interact over the statistics of similar schools, or schools in particular areas. Based on this analysis, leaders will be able to see areas of weaknesses and adjust their teaching to improve attainment levels. 

To learn more, please visit: www.educater.co.uk