Frog Conference GUEST BLOG: Andy Tunstall, Head of School, Yorkswood


As part of our assessment workshops in Birmingham on Tuesday 7 June, Andy Tunstall, Head Teacher at Yorkswood will be sharing his experience of driving a new assessment system across the school. Here’s what Andy will be talking about…

Standardisation of teachers’ judgements

Yorkswood school was looking for a secure assessment system and a way to standardise teachers’ judgements across the school.

The problem was storing evidence in one place so it could be the focus of conversations around assessment criteria across all subjects – particularly for foundation subjects, literacy and numeracy.

Frog Progress makes it very simple

We solved the issue of access for all the teachers by giving them an iPad mini. FrogProgress made it very easy for teachers to upload evidence of pupils’ work.

We started with the basic questions. Do we use the NAHT KPIs or follow the LA suggestion of assessing everything? We chose to assess a balance of things related to the school’s new curriculum. This led to the moderation processes and teachers looking at assessment points contextually, aided by the Curriculum Manager.

There was a smooth transition from our previous APP (assessing pupils’ progress) approach. The teachers are still discovering what FrogProgress can do, for example they are beginning to appreciate the Learning Locker.

Cross school standardisation

As this development beds in, we will be using the captured evidence of age related work to engage with other schools, to look at cross school standardisation. This is important to ensure we understand how well we are bridging the gap of our pupil premium children compared to other schools.

In the near future, we will be looking at using FrogLearn to aid teaching and developing the school website.

To hear more from Andy, book onto our Birmingham conference.

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