EfL in Action

Evidence for Learning in action!

Watch these short videos to see Evidence for Learning in action in a range of different schools and settings – mainstream and specialist. These case studies show how Evidence for Learning has not just transformed the way that these school assess learning, but also their whole model of provision.

It has done this by allowing the school to effectively “remove” the walls between classrooms so that teachers, teaching assistants, school leaders, clinicians, therapists, families and any other stakeholders can work collaboratively to support the learner on their unique journey.

You’ll see in the videos a truly inquiry-based approach that genuinely places the learner at the centre and connects the entire team around them, allowing for more effective conversations about learning. The schools are able to show what progress looks like for all learners.

If you’d like to learn more and discuss how Evidence for Learning might help you and your school on your journey, please get in touch.

In this short video produced by Hollinwood Academy, the school shows how it’s using Evidence for Learning to transform the way it supports learners and their families with SEND. It provides an excellent overview of the various tools and features including the EfL Family and EfL Learner apps, as well as Insights for Learning.

SEND in mainstream: How to adapt to rising needs and increasing complexity This video looks at the many ways in which Tollgate Primary School a mainstream school in Newham, London uses Evidence for Learning to support their pupils with SEND.  Interviews with SLT, teaching and support staff as well as clinicians and families show how EfL allows for ongoing family involvement as well as collaboration of all stakeholders, including clinicians and therapists to ensure that curriculum design and implementation provide meaningful learning experiences for pupils. The video provides a comprehensive overview of how EfL touches all aspects of teaching, learning and provision and has helped to raise expectations and standards across the whole school, especially for those learners with SEND.

SEND in Mainstream: Adaptive collaboration between specialist & mainstream provision teams at Tollgate Primary School

In this video mainstream and specialist provision teachers as well as support staff at Tollgate Primary School discuss and demonstrate how they use Evidence for Learning, to work more effectively as a team around learners who are spending time in both mainstream classes and within the specialist provision.

A Multi Academy Trust Perspective

In this video Tom Canning CBE (CEO of The Boleyn Trust) and Diane Rochford OBE discuss what have been some of the benefits of implementing Evidence for Learning across schools in The Boleyn Trust. Tom describes what are some of the challenges within the MAT around SEND and Inclusion and shares his perspectives on why and how EfL is helping the schools to respond and meet the needs of pupils with SEND and additional learning needs. He touches on a range of aspects and benefits including how EfL has reduced workload of teachers while helping them to be more effective. The Boleyn Trust is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) of 8 mainstream schools across Newham and Tower Hamlets in London.

Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) & EfL: Refiing practice & transforming the multi disciplinary approach

This video explores how EfL is used to transform how the multi disciplinary team at Tollgate Primary School is able to collaborate and work more effectively around each pupil.  It includes interviews with one of the Speech and Language Therapists, teachers, support staff and members of the senior leadership. In particular Riffat Hussain (SaLT) describes how she uses EfL in different scenarios to work with teaching staff and other clinicians (e.g. Occupational Therapists and Music Therapists) to adapt and refine practice. She and Brian Jennings (teacher) share a real life example of how they use the app to support and inform professional conversations about learning and engagement for one of the pupils. They also describe how they’ve used EfL to support learners and families at home.

Literacy: Modelling best practice for parents to help with reading and comprehension

In this short video, a teacher at Palmerston School, Liverpool  discusses how they use Evidence for Learning to record and annotate short ‘training’ videos for parents that model good literacy skills, such as how to decode phonics and good questioning. The approach provides a completely personalised set of resources to support the learner, and the Evidence for Learning system allows parents to record evidence of their son or daughter practicing their reading and comprehension at home and outside of school.

Mathematics & Numeracy: Demonstrating mastery and depth of understanding

Watch how EfL is used in a school to support, assess and demonstrate mastery and depth of understanding in a child’s learning. It highlights how teachers are able to use Evidence for Learning to capture and annotate rich learning conversations with and between learners that demonstrate their understanding and level of mastery of key concepts and skills. The videos, notes and teacher reflections support an inquiry approach that can also highlight potential barriers towards engagement and learning informing any useful adjustment of teaching. The school is Red Oaks Primary School in Swindon – a mainstream primary with an attached Complex and Special Needs provision.

EHCPs: Planning & Personalising Assessment using Education, Health and Care Plan as a starting point

This short video shows how Green Park School in Wolverhampton is using Evidence for Learning to capture and assess engagement and learning against EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) outcomes for learners. It illustrates how the school has created Personal Learning Goals in EfL for each learner that are based on the long and short term outcomes from the learner’s EHCP and termly learning intentions/targets that address any barriers to learning and scaffold a learning journey towards the longer term goals and aspirations of the learner. Evidence is captured and linked to relevant outcomes (short and long), and the school’s own ‘bespoke’ assessment model set up within EfL enables them to monitor and have professional conversations about progression based upon holistic development and with reference to EHCP outcomes.

Post 16 Provision: Developing a personalised and authentic curriculum for SEND learners

Watch how Palmerston School, Liverpool supports its Post-16 Provision using Evidence for Learning. It shows how EfL has helped the school to meet the Preparation for Adulthood outcomes and requirements of each learner – creating both a personalised and authentic curriculum that is rooted in the community these learners will shortly be graduating into. Palmerston is able to capture and assess learning and experiences that the learners have both in school and outside of school in the home, in the community and in workplace settings. It has allowed them to collaborate with parents and carers, therapists, local employers and businesses, local community organisations as well as Local Authority stakeholders – facilitating a truly multi-agency ‘wrap around’ support package for each learner. The app is also used by the learners to create digital resumes and CVs that demonstrate a range of their skills, capabilities and achievements.

Parent Engagement & Empowerment: Nurturing and enhancing the triangular relationship

See how EfL has helped to create a myriad of new ways that Red Oaks School is able to engage with its parents. It shows how the app has has been used to empower parents as active partners in their child’s learning. Teachers record personalised videos modelling how parents can help their children with crucial and challenging learning steps. Parents are able to record videos and collect evidence of learning and good work at home and in the community – great for showing where knowledge and skills are beginning to be generalised by learner. Teachers and parents are able to work together more effectively in supporting the learner and the school is able to develop and use a language for learning and assessment that parents can understand and embrace – thereby being better able to support their son or daughter. One parent describes how EfL has transformed her son’s attitude to school and his engagement for learning.

Physiotherapy: Sharing Best Practice to support learners with SEND

In this short video, one of the physiotherapists at Alder Hey Hospital discusses and shows how he uses Evidence for Learning to share best practice with teachers and staff at Palmerston School, as well as parents and carers of learners at the school. He also touches on how he uses the Evidence for Learning app to support the creation of PLG (personal learning goals) for the learners that help to inform and support the development and delivery of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

Prof. Barry Carpenter: Coaching Engagement & inter-rater reliability

Professor Barry Carpenter, working with a teacher at Green Park School in Wolverhampton, demonstrates how Evidence for Learning can be used to provide meaningful video evidence to facilitate professional dialogues about learning. It also looks at how EfL can support moderation, coaching and CPD for teachers and teaching assistants. Barry Carpenter joined the team at Evidence for Learning as Principal Senior Education Adviser in June 2018.

Engagement: Supporting transition and personalising provision

This video shows and tells how Wolverhampton SNEYS and some of the SEND schools in the local authority use evidence-based engagement data in Evidence for Learning to personalise the provision that each learner receives, as well as supporting the various transitions they undergo as they move between settings, classes and school and home.

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