Our team is made up of in-house talent from education and software development. We pride ourselves on being able to work closely with school leaders, constantly listening and developing alongside to provide just the right solutions at the right time. We think that this is what makes our company special. Our educators are still active school improvement advisors, SENDcos, Early Years and senior leaders with over 60 years of experience working in schools. We named our platform after the submarine created by Captain Nemo in Jules Verne's 1869 adventure novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, because we know that teachers love a great adventure story.
Would you like your observations to be more about supportive professional dialogue rather than appraisals, pay and career stage?
Do you have a 'scatter-gun' approach to monitoring or do you have a clear, strategic overview of your teaching and learning?
Is your school improvement plan based on summative pupil outcomes or would you like to focus more on developing teacher skillsets?
Are you seeking to prioritise time and energy so that you can make good, distributed leadership sustainable?
As a busy and long serving Headteacher, I began to question some of the fundamental aspects of how schools are expected to improve. For example, if teaching and learning is always most important thing, then why do we spend so much time doing things that have little, genuine impact on outcomes?
Our school had been on a journey from special measures to two consecutive 'good' judgements. We had a lot of good things in place, but our approaches to observing and evaluating were time consuming, labour intensive and inaccurate - which also made good SEND and subject leadership challenging. Like many schools, we had an unhelpful legacy that seemed to focus more on 'evidence' rather than genuine growth, collaboration and improvement.
The idea of using a bit of common tech as a simple tool to capture teaching and learning makes perfect sense. When we add simple dashboard analysis, photo-capture, instant reports, supportive teacher feedback and the ability to create and share content, then we're able to work more collaboratively, more accurately and much more efficiently. We also avoid checklist monitoring with Ofsted descriptors and Teacher Standards, to offer more control and autonomy. It really shouldn't be about changing what you do, it's got to be all about improving the way that you do it.
We're now proud to be working with over 70 local authorities, celebrating over 1000 school leaders on the platform and have been finalists for the BETT and ERA leadership and management awards. If you'd like to take a closer look, book in for a friendly demo and I'd be very happy to show you around.
Blog:EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT A collection of head teacher short stories
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'I dream with my eyes open.'
Jules Verne - Journey to the Centre of the Earth