How Saltash Community School uses Yacapaca to support DIRT lessons

I had the privilege last week to interview Rachael Broad, HoD Computer Science at Saltash Community School in Cornwall. Rachael is a Yacapaca power user and our #19-ranked author.

Rachael has a very clear articulation of how she uses Yacapaca. In her own words:

  • Show clear gaps in knowledge (class based and individual student).
  • Support DIRT (Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time) work and instant feedback.
  • Parental communication.

Here are the highlights of the complete interview (3’30”)

Rachael very kindly shared with me the slides she used to explain the process to her SLT, when she wanted to get them on board with the concept.

View the slides here.

Thanks Rachael! I hugely enjoyed interviewing you and learned a great deal in the process.

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Forthcoming webinars & CPD

Yacapaca webinars run weekly on Thursdays at 4:00-4:30pm, UK time. They are designed to be of value to both SLTs making the strategic decision to adopt a formative assessment platform, and existing users who seek to extract more teaching & learning from the tool they already know and love. Because these events attract a mix of new and experienced users, the sessions are interactive, engaging and high-value.

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How to support students at home during the Covid-19 pandemic

Congratulations – you survived the lockdown and are now back at school. Mostly. For the moment. 

It looks like we are set for up to a year of on-again off-again schooling for many of your students. The challenge has moved from how to teach 100% remotely, to how to teach some students remotely whilst still providing a full classroom experience for the others. And spinning plates with your free hand. 

To keep these at-home students on track, you need a personalised, online, workflow-based system. You must be able to assign work, track whether and when it is done and analyse the results – all with as little time input from you as possible. And guess what? As a Yacapaca member, you already have one. Here are your key tools:

How to assign tests to a single student

You are used to assigning to a whole class at once. To limit the assignment to a single student, you need to override that default in the assigning system, like this:

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The great game: dodging blame for the 2020 A-level results train wreck

The A-level results came out on August 13th. In the absence of exams, they were estimated from several data sources using a fairly intelligent algorithm. Results were well up on last year, yet there were such howls of anguish that the government was forced into a humiliating policy U-turn four days later. What on earth went wrong?

In retrospect, we can see the algorithmic approach was doomed from the start. Let’s walk through this, taking a Continue reading

and if schools *cannot* open in September? This is Plan B

Plan B

It has been widely reported (here, here and here) that the Association of School and College Leaders is not happy about the idea of forcing schools in England to re-open in September, whatever the status of the Covid-19 pandemic.

we would urge the government to have in place a national Plan B in the event that we arrive at September and it becomes clear that a full return is just too risky.

The UK infection rate is already (Aug 2020) going up, and there is a significant risk it will explode into a savage second spike if we force 10 million school-age children into becoming active cross-infection vectors. So I think it’s time to write a Plan B, whether Boris wants one or not. Because Continue reading