When it comes to online pupil tracking, there are a few tricks of the trade. But there is one that could be very important to a child’s early development years. This is known as EYFS tracking. We aim to explore what it is, and how your school and pupils will improve by using it.
EYFS stands for the Early Years Foundation Stage, setting out the minimum standards for a child as to what levels they are learning and ensuring that they have a safe and stable environment in which to do so. Typically, this will cover a child’s education throughout Key Stages 1 and 2. This journey has been a key part of every child’s education for years, but in recent years, we have been finding new ways to put the journey online and improve the development of our children in a more controlled manner.
Online software can do so much more than reducing the mountains of paperwork and countless word documents filled out. It can map out the journey in its entirety with more specific detail given to each step every child takes.
Parents can also experience more involvement in the process. Their input is used to shape their child’s learning journey.
The reaction time is also a lot sharper. If a child finds themselves struggling against previously marked learning goals, EYFS tracking will flag the issue up and help the teachers to act on it and get the pupils on track.
As children develop, they will show certain patterns in their behaviour, regarding how they intake information, what subjects they often thrive in, what areas they struggle in, and how they function learning alongside other children. Every aspect of their learning is mapped out for the users to see.
When capturing this behaviour, reports are still a tried and tested method. However, you will have a lot more choice in the form these reports take, whether they focus on individual development or whether they focus on a group of pupils, based on the subject matter or behavioural patterns. The choices are certainly more far-reaching than pen and paper.
Of course, there’s no reason why all of the information has to be text-based. Children can be highly visual and this can be reflected in the environment they are learning in. Teachers may decide they want to capture the learning journey through pictures, video or audio files; all of which add different dimensions to the child’s development and all of which can be stored on the database.