June 25, 2019No Comments

TALIS 2018 and Staff Retention in Schools

Last week, the OECD released results from its latest Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS). This was the third time the OECD surveyed teachers and school principals worldwide to gather information on key aspects of the teaching profession and what schools and policy makers can do to strengthen it.

In England, 2376 lower secondary teachers and 157 principals completed the TALIS 2018 questionnaire. We were very eager to read the initial findings as just last month, Edurio published the first findings from our own Staff Wellbeing and Working Conditions Survey that involved more than 10,000 school staff in 322 schools and 23 multi-academy trusts across England.

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May 20, 2019No Comments

Improving Staff Retention in Academies

Findings from 10,530 responses to the Edurio Staff Wellbeing and Working Conditions Survey

Over 10,000 academy staff members from across England have responded to our Staff Wellbeing and Working Conditions Survey so far.

Today, we published a report highlighting our first findings.

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March 18, 2019No Comments

Worksheet: Survey results analysis and communication

A resource that will help you make the most out of your survey results

When it comes to analysing survey results, it can be difficult to know where to start! Whether you are a person who notices the negatives first, or someone who only focuses on the positive, it is important to go through your survey results in a systematic way, taking into account your organisation’s specific context. Once you have made general conclusions about the results, you need to share them with others — so a key element is having a strong communication plan ready.

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March 4, 2019No Comments

Stakeholder feedback at United Learning

An inclusive approach to school improvement

It’s been two years since Edurio started working with United Learning on their Learning from Learners project — a focused effort on collecting and using pupil feedback to improve schools. We value our partnership and look at United Learning as an example for others to follow — regularly using stakeholder feedback across different roles and for different purposes at every level of the trust to continuously learn and improve.

We recently had the chance to talk to the team at United Learning to learn more about how it all got started and the impact of the project so far.

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November 5, 2018No Comments

Into the Loop: Setting Goals

In this “Into the Loop” series of blogs we will provide you with the tools you need to start using data for school improvement — from the initial self-reflection to the collaboratively designed action plan.

In the previous blog we explored what you might want to consider before taking on a journey of evidence-driven school improvement. This time we start the work by setting clear goals.

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September 19, 2018No Comments

Understanding teacher retention in England

Edurio is launching one of England’s largest research projects on staff retention in schools.

While there are many factors of staff retention that are out of school’s control, like economic and geographic factors, some schools seem to be much better at retaining their teachers and support staff than others. We wanted to help schools and multi-academy trusts understand what they can do to improve staff retention, which would deliver better educational outcomes and save money.

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August 21, 2018No Comments

What can we learn from 21 Ofsted Multi Academy Trust reviews?

While there is uncertainty in the air about the future of Multi Academy Trust inspections, since 2014 Ofsted has been carrying out focused MAT reviews, giving each Trust a detailed inspection outcome letter. We read through all 21 of them to identify what are the common areas Ofsted believes most MATs should improve in.

While each MAT is unique, we found 4 common themes that occurred consistently in the inspector comments: improving governance, collaboration, data-use, and equity.

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August 2, 2018No Comments

Into the Loop: The Edurio step-by-step guide to evidence-driven school improvement

In this “Into the Loop” series of blogs we will provide you with the tools you need to start using data for school improvement — from the initial self-reflection to the collaboratively designed action plan.

Step 0: Getting ready.

“Improvement begins with I.” — Arnold H. Glasow

How do you start your journey of school improvement? How much do you and your team integrate data into everyday work — and how confident do you feel doing it? When it comes to making evidence-driven decisions for more focused school improvement, it can seem daunting at first.

When auditing existing data, it is best to try todo this collectively to get the widest range in input.

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June 28, 2018No Comments

Creating a model of shared vision and school-driven improvement — 5 Lessons

June 2018 Presentation for Multi Academy Trusts

Earlier this week I attended an important event hosted by Inside Government called Raising Standards through Multi Academy Trust Inspections. Speaking at the event was great motivation to stop and reflect on what we’ve learned about school improvement and accountability over the past few years at Edurio and what lessons would be valuable for multi academy trust teams (especially thinking ahead to future MAT inspections).

The debate that followed the session with many MAT leaders led me to believe that these lessons are useful in a variety of education settings, so I’ve typed up the talk for your enjoyment. While the talk is focusing on multi academy trusts, the lessons remain relevant for most school systems.

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February 2, 2018No Comments

Putting schools in the driving seat

Lessons on education reform from #EWF18

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the Education World Forum (EWF), the largest annual meeting of Ministers of Education and senior policymakers from around the world. Two days of presentations, discussions and countless stories shared by education leaders from places as diverse as Finland, Croatia, Argentina, Somalia and Iran. Every one of them seeming to be in the midst of a major education reform to catch up with the ever-changing real-life demands of future graduates.

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