Lucy Evans, Community Manager at Frog says: “The core of the programme is ‘Frog’s School Improvement Framework’; a free online tool which gives senior leaders the ability to align the development of Frog with their school development plans. You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”
The Framework provides the tools to evaluate performance and motivate a team of people using a living action plan that can be reviewed and amended at any time.
The Framework is the result of a 12-month research and development exercise that Frog believes will revolutionise how schools will measure what was previously un-measurable – the impact of using technology to deliver whole school improvement.
Anne-Louise Payne, Deputy Head Teacher at the Howard of Effingham School in Surrey took part in the exercise: “It really helped us refocus and assess where we are on our learning platform journey. We are really pleased with the impact it is having on our students’ attainment and our overall standards at the school.”
Greg Hughes, Assistant Principal at The De Ferrers Academy in Staffordshire added: “Frog’s School Improvement Programme is like having an MRI scan for your learning platform. It shows you what you’ve got, but also identifies the problems you might not realise you had.”
Phil Spoors, Head of ICT at Cramlington Learning Village in Northumberland agrees: “It has genuinely helped us identify areas that we can improve and expand on. As a consequence of using this Framework we have already implemented a number of schemes to help us improve what we offer to our school community via our learning platform.”
The framework is a free online tool that helps schools to discover where they are in their learning platform journey by setting goals, and then measuring impact against these targets.
The learning platform market is still in its infancy, and coupled with the swift demise of government quango, Becta, companies operating in this space are seeing a distinct downturn in market growth. Whilst many learning platform providers now flounder in creating real, measurable value for their customers, Frog is breaking the mould. Generations ahead in its integral technology, Frog has created the first serious tool that will help schools to measure learning platform success.
Lucy explains: “The Framework encourages the spreading of responsibility by assigning individuals to be accountable for specific tasks. This is finally going to make learning platforms work for schools in a much more meaningful way, proving tangible and measurable results.”
To view videos and presentation from the 2011 National Learning Platforms Conference, please visit www.frogtrade.com/conference.