“In fact, the only thing it really doesn’t do is make a cup of tea!”
I recently asked all the subscribers of The Newsgroups, “Are online incident logging systems more hassle than they’re worth? Or do they really improve school efficiency?”
First of all I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent me an email sharing your thoughts on the matter, and I’m also grateful to Ed Whittaker of Schools Data Services Ltd who has provided me with a wealth of information to share with you.
In reading your responses, not one mentioned that an online incident logging system had impacted negatively upon the school’s working efficiency, but in fact quite the opposite.
However, it did become apparent from the responses that for schools to get the most out of an online incident logging system it should be tailored to the school’s needs.
Everest Community Academy’s Facilities, IT and Health and Safety Manager, Kevin Gardiner, wrote: “Fortunately we have a talented IT team who have written a bespoke in house admin software programme we call Black Bear.
“As well as logging all incidents and enabling us to collate the data and produce graphical representations, it also manages our intervention database, our detention system (automatically texting parents), our classroom support system, our CPD, Holiday and Absence logging and our Premises and IT Support tickets.
“In fact the only thing it really doesn’t do is make a cup of tea!
“We couldn’t do without it.”
Ed Whittaker explains, “There is a need for the school to be able to clearly demonstrate its performance and to show progress for individual pupils.
“A good electronic system, fully customised to the school, can provide all the necessary data and analysis instantly, in real time; providing the school management with all the information they need for Ofsted, governors and to inform the school development plan.”
If you have any questions about electronic/ online logging systems, you can contact Ed Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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