Reducing workload for Teach First with Renaissance Star Assessments

For a second year, Teach First is partnering with Renaissance to reduce the workload for its participants (trainees) in schools by making use of data gathered through Renaissance Star Assessments.

As part of its training programme, Teach First gathers data on student progress from its participants both to help them with understanding assessment and reflecting upon their practice, and to ensure its training programme is always delivering good outcomes for pupils. Usually Teach First gathers this data through its own tool (called the Pupil Progress Tracker), however this often results in participants entering data in two places (the school’s own system and Teach First’s tool).

To better align with school processes, Teach First would like to offer that where a participant is using Renaissance Assessments they need not enter data into the Pupil Progress Tracker. However, to do this, Teach First must gain permission from schools to allow Renaissance to share participants’ Star Assessment data with Teach First. This is data Teach First would already gather through the Pupil Progress Tracker, but by allowing the sharing of Star Assessment data, participants will no longer need to complete this additional step. Teach First will only ever receive anonymised pupil data for classes taught by Teach First participants and not for any other classes in the school. Teach First will solely use this information for the purposes for which it already uses Pupil Progress Data, namely the continuous improvement of its training programme.

The agreement schools need to sign to enable this process to work will be sent to the Teach First point of contact in your school before February half term, along with an explanation of what the agreement entails. If you believe that this email has not been received, or if you have any questions, please email your Teach First point of contact copying in Pupil.Impact@teachfirst.org.uk.

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