Announcing SmartRubric Goals
A new tool for teachers of students with special educational needs
"SmartRubric goals will help us to be truly reflective on the progress our young people make and we will no longer have to accept a 'best-fit solution' as our only way of evidencing, celebrating and enhancing the progress our amazing pupils make everyday."
-Karl O'Reilly, Headmaster of Coppice School
I’m excited to announce a new formative assessment application for special schools and teachers of students with special needs to help them celebrate big steps, small steps and everything in between.
SmartRubric Goals builds on core SmartRubric functionality, but takes it a step further, allowing educators to create goal profiles for individual students and include a blend of personalised objectives and curriculum targets - all totally customisable and adaptable to each student's unique needs.
SmartRubric Goals was developed in partnership with Coppice School, a community day special school in Doncaster, to give them a way to meaningfully assess students with a wide range of individual needs, and track and manage that progress.
Beginning in September, we will be offering free twelve week trials to select schools. Trials are limited, and we will be rolling them out first-come, first-serve to eligible schools. You can register your interest here:
SmartRubric Goals is a result of a partnership between Pinemarten Education Ltd and Coppice School
Karl O'Reilly, Headmaster of Coppice School - a community day school for students with special educational needs - describes the problem and what he hopes will be the solution:
“At Coppice School, we have a completely personalised approach to learning and we want an assessment package that reflects this. We already had a very comprehensive tracking system in school, however it does not truly reflect the progress our children and young people are making. For example a young person may have made very little progress academically (maths, English etc) but they may now tolerate working with a peer for longer than 10 minutes. This may be huge step in progress and may also contribute to the child's EHCP target however there is not one system that allows leaders and teachers to track this level of wider progress whilst still keeping a focus on academic progress. It is therefore very difficult to analyse the true progress our young people are making and consequently we spend a lot of investment in time, money and effort almost guessing what we do well at and what we need to better at in terms of progress.
An effective system would mean we could focus our teaching and learning on individual progress rather than assessing pupils on arbitrary targets set by preexisting packages. We would also be able to track to progress on a whole school, department, class level on areas our pupils need most input such as independence, engagement, confidence as well as maths, English and other subjects.
SmartRubric Goals will help us to be truly reflective on the progress our young people make and we will no longer have to accept a 'best-fit solution' as our only way of evidencing, celebrating and enhancing the progress our amazing pupils make everyday.”