“We first starting using Skills Forward at our Redbridge campus, screening applicants and diagnosing all our maths and English candidates during induction. This gave us excellent data on starting points and showed group needs to teachers.
We purchased Notebooks for maths and English classrooms so that the resources could be used in and out of class to supplement the progress of students and we found many students taking control of their own learning progress.
Further Education has always struggled with delivering maths and English for students who have not done well in their years at school so it is particularly challenging to produce successful outcomes in less than a year.
Using Skills Forward helps us to ensure every learner has a bespoke set of resources based upon their specific needs, it enables us to see progress and measure “Distance Travelled” as well as gauge exam readiness.
Skills Forward is also great for homework and revision and the datalink with our MIS system means that teachers get to see their own students’ activities and progress.
This greatly helps in lesson planning as it is easier to target gaps in knowledge and to set specific targets for individuals where necessary.
The boost in success rates at Redbridge encouraged the teams from the other campuses to get involved and we have now rolled Skills Forward out to all Tower Hamlets and Hackney, along with Notebook trolleys for students.
Since we are all now using eTrackr ILP the embedded Skills Forward view is great for all staff to see maths and English diagnostic results for every student.
The Skills Forward team have been great at promoting the system and supporting us with the cross campuses rollout , plus they were showcased at our Learning Technologies fair last summer. They have listened to our requests and suggestions and helped us reduce the amount of manual administration needed which frees my team to support users more proactively.”