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Keeping schools updated on the latest news and ideas. Read about our approach to assessment, what we are doing and why...


Jon Twycross
Jon Twycross
Jon oversees the development of all new products, focusing on designing new solutions to enhance our software and integrating new features and improvements. He analyses our system requirements and manages product development, ensuring projects remain within budget and are rolled out according to an agreed timeframe.

Jon bears a striking resemblance to Richard from the popular Guess Who game, a factoid Dale makes sure to regularly remind him about!

Transitioning Students Ready for Next Year

This month we decided take advantage of the proximity to the end of the academic year to deliver a training session that specifically dealt with how schools can prepare their system for the new academic year. Whilst this in itself is a relatively simple process, there are a few things that need remembering to ensure that everything goes smoothly based on when you decide to make these changes and the method you use to do it. This webinar explores each of these options individually so you can decide which approach is best for you and how best to do it.

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B Squared - Transitioning Students Ready for Next Year - A guide that shows the different ways to transition students and the process involved in completing this task.


Administering Connecting Steps and Evisense Training Webinar

Our webinar this month was focused in on how to administer Connecting Steps, Evisense and My B Squared effectively, whether you are setting up from the beginning or providing on going administration. It's important to understand what all the options are within the systems and how they can be configured correctly to ensure you are using the system to suit your setting. 

I also went through some of our most common support questions we field on the help desk and advised how administrators can help ensure that users do not fall into some of the most common problems, and how they can mitigate problems early on before they become too serious. This includes doing checks on data to look for anomalies and investigating and rectifying the cause of these issues.

 


 


Cyber Essentials Certification

We have now completed our Cyber Essentials Certification for the year. Whilst this is broad in its approach, it helps to ensure that even the smallest of companies are thinking about online security and helping to keep themselves secure. As a company or school, going through the Cyber Essentials certifications helps draw you attention to the flaws in your internal processes and security. Raising these early helps prevent your system from being compromised. 

This is particularly poignant at the moment as an email phishing attack seems to be making its way across the internet, which encourages people to try and view a message they have been sent, but with a goal of harvesting your login credentials to then use these to send out more emails and perpetuate the problem. Cyber Essentials alerts you to the possibility of this and forces you to think about how you can reduce these risks satisfactorily. In this particular case, good staff training is required to help them understand how they can protect themselves and their/your data.



Cyber Essentials Certificate 2019-2020.pdf

 


Administering Connecting Steps and Evisense Training Webinar

This is the first webinar on administering Connecting Steps and Evisense. A little while ago, we made a decision to split our training webinars into smaller, more focused ones that allowed us to cover in-depth specific parts of the system, rather than lightly covering the entire system. As it stands, we have never really shown much love to the administrators and the parts of the system they have to deal with on a regular basis. We wanted to change that by delivering a focused webinar on all of the administration tools available to help administrators set up and maintain our systems efficiently. The meeting covers a range of topics such as adding users, students and maintaining those on a regular basis. I also covered all of the settings in both My B Squared and Connecting Steps, and how these affect each system.

 

If you are an administrator and want to find out more about how to properly administer our systems, then please take a look.


FREE online Connecting Steps training - Don’t miss out!

The second of our new monthly FREE Connecting Steps training webinars took place yesterday.

It’s not too late to access your FREE training. Don’t worry if you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording here:

 

Listening to our customers

We know the pressures schools are under and we want to support schools as best we can. Schools are under increasing pressure to show progress for pupils with SEND and although they use Connecting Steps, we have found they don’t know all the different ways they can show progress. Our training webinars allow us to show how easy and simple it is to show progress in different ways and how you can use this to increase engagement with parents.

Learning from experience

This month we focused more on the basics of Connecting Steps, navigating around and the different screens within Connecting Steps. We also covered how to start off, making sure pupils are baselined correctly and using the different levels of experiences and how you can use these to show progress. We have found that schools who have used Connecting Steps for years are unaware of some of the features we have introduced in the last few years and the difference this can make. Teachers who have used us for years often benefit hugely as we may show them a screen they haven’t seen or we explain one of the screens they didn’t understand. Come and join the next webinar to make sure you are getting the most out of Connecting Steps.

Prefer to take part in a LIVE session?

Register now for our next Connecting Steps training webinar taking place at 4pm Tuesday 11 September (we are not running a session in August).

Next webinar - Transitioning to B Squared's new assessment frameworks, 7pm Tuesday 10 July

B Squared has 3 new frameworks that have been developed in response to the Rochford Review: Final Report recommendations and the release of the new pre-key stage standards. This FREE online webinar is designed to inform our existing customers about how our assessment frameworks are changing, how to transition and the effects this will have on your data. This webinar will cover:

  • Introduction to our new assessment frameworks: Engagement Steps; Progressions Steps; Primary Steps
  • How the new levelling structure looks
  • An overview of getting started with Engagement Steps
  • An overview of the differences between the old P Levels and National Curriculum and the new Progression Steps
  • An overview of Primary Steps
  • How to transition from P Levels and National Curriculum to Progression Steps or Primary Steps

Register now by clicking here


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