Here is why we need teachers

How much difference does two years of education really make? Not to specific taught subjects, but to a child’s overall preparedness for the world? To find out, I analysed the global results from our 2020 Topical Christmas Quiz. I looked at the average result per year group for each of the Gap Analysis categories. Here’s […]

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 […]

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.

Here is the schedule for the second half of the Continue reading “Forthcoming webinars & CPD”

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:

and then this: Continue reading “How to support students at home during the Covid-19 pandemic”

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