Data tracking tool designed by teacher

Hannah Kite, Sabastian Naylor, Max Graham, Libby Dyson, Rhys Currnick and Fraser Turner in the IT Suite at Carr Green School, Rastrick
Hannah Kite, Sabastian Naylor, Max Graham, Libby Dyson, Rhys Currnick and Fraser Turner in the IT Suite at Carr Green School, Rastrick

Tracking pupils has never been easier thanks to an educational tool developed by Hipperholme man Scott Parkin.

His Early Essence to Primary Essence data management system helps keep an on-line track on progress.

Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, has trialled the system and head teacher Lesley Bowyer said it saved time and enabled closer monitoring.

“The parents will love it and it will boost the learning journey,” she said.

Whitehill Community Academy, Halifax, has also taken part in trials.

Head teacher Roy Hepplestone said they system fitted the needs of schools.

“We look forward to embedding the software into our Academy systems,” he said.

Mr Parkin, a Kiwi, who arrived in Calderdale to play for the Old Brodelians RUFC, is deputy head at Brackenhill Primary School, Bradford.

He has always been interested in data and developed the tracking tool, which also reduces paper trails, with help from web developer Adam Mawson.

“Parents get 24 access to what their kids’ are up to,” said Mr Parkin.

“The intelligent use of data has become central to the work of all professionals involved in education. It is my ambition to see more data smart schools delivering pupil progress.

“At any moment nursery providers, schools and parents have access to personalised, relevant and current reports which profile a child’s progress against national, school and personalised aspirational targets.

“This powerful tool has been developed by teachers and parents for teachers and parents.”

The system is now ready to roll out nationally.

Parents can access data

online when they want

Early Essence to Primary Essence is an online, live data tracking system which follows the progress, development and attainment of children from birth to 11 years. It gives instance access through investigative data, which describes the past, present and future learning of individual pupils, while also analysing this performance at group level such as girls/boys, special educational needs, whole class and full school level. Parents can track progress and attainment through video, photos, graphical, numerical and personalised comments. The system will also support assessment of the Statutory Framework for EYFS 2012.