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Term 1, 2018

New ways of reporting student learning in 2018

We are currently working on making changes to our reporting processes.

We won't be using the same report format that we've had over the last 4 years as we are currently developing a much simpler one that will sit alongside students’ digital portfolios.


What will the new report look like?

  • Every student will still get 2 written reports - one in the middle and one at the end of the year.

  • Teachers will still write a star comment - one that highlights what makes your child a star at Ridgway School

  • Parents will still be asked to attend learning conferences with their child at the start and middle of the year to set goals and monitor progress towards achieving them.

  • The new written report will still show how well the student displays or exercises the key competencies and school values that underpin our curriculum.

What has been taken out?

  • Comments about reading, writing and maths.  These will now be put into each student’s digital portfolio.


Digital Portfolio

By now most parents will know that their child has a digital portfolio on the Seesaw platform.  You will have seen posts showing what your child has learnt, that most likely also had a comment from the teacher.


During Term 2 we will be developing a schedule that will guide what and when teachers and students post to Seesaw.  This schedule will cover all aspects of the curriculum and provide parents with up to date information about what their child is learning and how well they are doing.  


Why are we doing this?

Our previous report format took many hours of work for teachers and school leaders. We don't believe that this time was well spent and think that teachers should be putting their efforts into planning for the learning that is coming up, rather than thinking about how to describe the learning that has already taken place in a way that makes sense to parents.


Teachers often find it hard to explain what children have learnt in the very small amount of space that is available in a written report. We also wonder how useful parents found the report comments for understanding where their children were at in their learning.


The written report we used often reported information that was 4 to 5 months old, and was therefore of little interest to parents and students.  We are convinced that the real time information that will now be available to parents will be much more useful to you.


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