We would like to congratulate Sacred Heart High School who came second
as runners up for the awards, in the Secondary School category for
their use of Smyle Software in an innovative way. Michael Cousins, Deputy
Headteacher tells how Smyle software has been used in their school...
"Schools have become highly adept at managing
hard data: Assessment scores, examination targets and predictions used
effectively to raise achievement and reported to parents and leaders succinctly.
Very few schools have a handle on softer data to the same extent and yet it
is this sort of information that can really raise standards, personalise the
curriculum and improve learning.
Working with TASC software we have developed a student reflection
tool called SMyLe, it stands for Share My Learning. Through a browser,
students can sign onto SMyLe and they see their timetable. Drilling down
into individual lessons they can reflect upon parts of the lesson that were
WWWs (what went well)and EBIs (even better if) as well as rating their
progress and enjoyment using a sliding scale.
Teachers see this information graphically but can drill down to
individual classes or students and find out which activities have been most
effective with their students. SMyLe manages and provides the data to turn
Teaching and Learning into a genuine partnership. Teachers can see their data
personally or choose to share it within departments or coaching teams.
Heads of Progress can see the data sorted by Year group and so are able to
intervene at a very early stage to raise student engagement.
We have found that this coordinated approach to Assessment for
Learning empowers students and staff alike and enables every student to have
a voice, not just the confident and articulate. Staff use the information
to inform their planning and improve the efficacy of their lessons. It is
providing a great alternative evidence base for a guide to the quality of
teaching and learning within our school.
Simply put, it is making our already outstanding school better."
Thank you to Michael Cousins and everyone who visited the TASC
Software stand at the exhibition.
Manchester Central, Petersfield, Manchester, M2 3GX
Opening hours: 9.30am to 4.00pm
TASC Software range of software helps schools improvement in many areas
including attendance, attainment, school management, and decision making.
We have considerable experience in designing specialist software
to meet the specific needs of teachers, schools and Local Authorities and has
a proven record of working quickly, sensitively and expertly to help customers
tailor our products to their specific needs.
Presenting on Stand E27:
PARS: Working seamlessly with Capita SIMS, PARS provide a friendly,
intuitive interface to School electronic attendance, school behaviour, pupil
tracking, assessment and grading plus parent engagement and communication PARS
school pupil management software immerses staff in the flow of data around school,
allowing them, and you as a school, to operate efficiently.
INSIGHT: Realtime access to SIMS data online, INSIGHT provides secure
access to pupil data, including attendance, behaviour, timetable and homework through
to school reports, in a clear, easy to use and understandable manner. Now even
non-technical parents can engage in their child's learning and participate in school
TASC Software would like to thank all who visited us on our stand
and for making it our busiest ever year at the Exhibition.
It was great to see many of our new Schools amongst existing clientele,
as well as recieving much attention from new visitors for our software products.
With a busy 2012 for the launch of the new SMyLE software, BETT 2013 captured
yet much more new interest with its exciting new features. The pupil feedback tool
helped heads of schools to understand how they can use SMyLE software to improve on
teaching and learning by using the formative assessment data provided by pupils, as data
to personalise teaching and learning for every individual pupil to deliver a more enriched
"A student self assessment tool whereby they can help review and provide
comments on their learning experience to teachers to help them to deliver a more
personalised teaching and learning experience, which is key and highly recognised by
Ofsted" explained Michael Cousins from Sacred Heart High School who was also on the
Schools looking for a parent portal software were very excited to see INSIGHT
Software and yet its various new developments as the add-ons, including the: translator
- a home language translation which is available for parents to view information in a
language of their choice, Parents Evening Booking system to allow parents to book themselves
appointments, Options Offer that links to the SIMS options offer and allows pupils and
parents to select subject options from home and finally, the Surveys where staff can design
their own surveys and invite selected parents to respond, adding comments where
For Schools looking for an assessments logging, pupil tracking, attendance and
behaviour management solution plus communications feature, demonstrations for PARS Pupil
Data Management software which also includes electronic registration, detentions, communications,
biometric integration and more, winning many new prospects at the show. A Vice Principal
at a School in Bolton said "BETT was worth coming to this year, just to find PARS".
TASC Software would like to thank Michael Cousins for all his support on the stand
throughout the BETT Show and also like to thank AOC for allowing us to use their Monitors on
our stand to present our software products!
With exciting new developments and features in our Software
products, TASC Software will be exhibiting at the BETT Show 2013 on
Schools using our Parent Portal Software, INSIGHT will be able
to see the new add-ons now available. Options Offer has been designed to
allow parents to pick their child's subject options when ready, in a user
friendly and simple way online. Forums, in INSIGHT can also be set up by
the school so parents can actually gain knowledge through talking to each
other and increasing parental interactivity. Wondering which parents use
INSIGHT? Parental Analysis identifies who is using and when, plus what
they track most by pupil, form, year and house.
Parent Evening Booking feature in INSIGHT saves the annual
logistical nightmare for School sorting and managing teacher availability.
INSIGHT recognises which teachers or tutors are associated to the child, you
decide on start/end times; Parents then can quickly choose timeslots available
"There's a Parents' Evening module that will organise your
parents' evenings for you. They logon and say 'There is a teacher free there.
I'll just make my own appointments'. Then when they walk in through school,
they get an appointments sheet with the teachers' names on and the teachers get
the parents that are coming in to see them. It allows you to have direct managed
contact from parents straight to teachers or anyone who has a responsibility for
their daughter or son" - Michael Cousins, Deputy Headteacher, Sacred Heart
High School, Newcastle.
PARS Pupil Data Management has moved forwards even more again this year
with many options available within features available; Automated Behaviour Alerts,
further additions to hierarchal structured behaviour; Custom Grade reports, Attendance
filters for quick access to data, Detention texts to parents, personalised Extra
Curriculum classes and more graphs/visuals and much more
PARS CONNECT; PARS remote web access software allowing teachers to access
data from home using various hardware including PC, Laptop, Touchpad, Mobile phones
has been updated to include more features. Great option for teachers to enter grades
at home, PE to take registers, Pupil Data to be entered if on School trip.
Secure high quality learning through regular monitoring of formative
assessment data with SMyLE. A fantastic tool allowing pupils to give feedback on
their learning and allowing teachers to deliver the best lesson possible, taking
into consideration individual learners needs - A free trial of SMyLE software can
be requested on the Stand B202.
For schools searching for solutions to improve their Attendance figures,
don't miss your chance to win TARGET Attendance Analysis software FREE for 1 year!
Just enter the competition on the Stand B202 and all the winners will be announced
after the BETT Show. To learn about TARGET software and how it helps plan, visualise
and track attendance targets for schools, please
We look forward to seeing you at BETT 2013 on Stand B202!
Please view our show profile:
An amendment has been made to how attendance codes D, Y and
# should be used from September 2011 onwards.
The data collection system has been amended so that the national
attendance code D (Dual Registered) is not counted in the School Census as
an attendance. Each school will only record the attendance and absence for
the sessions the pupil is required to attend at their school; each school
will use code D to record all of the sessions that the pupil is due to
attend at the other school.
The data collection system has been amended so that the
national attendance code Y (Unable to Attend due to Exceptional Circumstances)
will be collected in the School Census for statistical purposes. Schools will
use code Y to record the sessions where a pupil is unable to attend
the school site, or part of it, is closed due to an unavoidable cause;
the transport provided by the school or a local authority is not available,
and their home is not within walking distance; or
a local or national emergency has resulted in widespread disruption
to travel which has prevented the pupil from attending school.
A request for change has been submitted so that the national attendance
code # (Planned closure) can be applied to partial school closure (currently it
can only be applied to whole school closure).
This amendment will allow schools to use code # to record different
term dates for different pupils, for example, staggered starts or induction days
and any other planned partial closure. However, until this change can be implemented
by their software supplier, schools should continue to use code Y to record planned
New guidance to reflect these changes will be published later in
Department for Education, 2012. Pupil registration: Regulations and guidance
[Accessed 6 September 2012].
We would like to welcome Liam Bell (BA hons) to our team
here at TASC Software as Customer Support. The new position has
arisen following a successful year achieved through an expansion of
the customer base into new geographic markets and also with the
development of many new features available in PARS, TARGET, INSIGHT
and introduction to SMyLE, our Pupil Formative Assessment software.
With experience of delivering a high standard of customer
service with a smile, Liam will ensure that all user queries are dealt
with efficiently and customer expectations are exceeded.
"I am excited about my new role and feel that
excellent customer service is of paramount importance at any organisation.
TASC Software is very dedicated to meeting the requirements of its customers
and I look forward to maintaining this reputable customer
support!" - Liam Bell
'Record pupil data anytime, anywhere and instantly!'
Record and track pupil attendance, grades, behaviour and log parental
communications from your mobile device using PARS Connect Mobile.
PARS Connect Mobile can be used on various mobile technologies with
internet access including: tablet, iPhone, Blackberry, HTC or other
smartphone. Connect Mobile is simple to use and designed to access
PARS data as you would expect with easy drop down menus. The data is
recorded back to SIMS instantly.
Key Features of PARS Connect Mobile:
Text messaging to parents
Record on-report data
Extra class registers and detention registers
Quick access to pupil information screen
Record latecomers on the door
A Where-Is function to show where a pupil is
Automated notices and texts to staff, pupils and parents for missed
Timeout to automatically sign teachers out of mobile
devices, to ensure pupil data is protected if PARS Connect is left open and
not being used for a number of minutes
Record and access pupil data instantly and easily during lessons, whether
onsite or off school premises
Data records back to SIMS MIS in realtime, instantly
No software installs or updates required therefore, no valuable memory or
storage is used on mobiles
Use on as many devices as you wish and there is no individual licence cost
per mobile, which helps schools to save on cost.
Further information is available at: http://www.tascsoftware.com/web/products/pars/pars.aspx
TASC Software will be demonstrating its software solutions at the
exhibition and showing how they can be used to help support the various
school roles in their management and tracking of pupil data across the
school to raise achievement and improve progress. Through easy and instant
access to all the relevant pupil information in one place helps schools to
save administrative time, paper costs and printing costs.
PARS Pupil Management Software: managing, sharing and tracking pupil
information in one teacher friendly solution. Records data back to Sims
INSIGHT Realtime Access online: Share your SIMS pupil data online with
parents, pupils and teachers choosing the areas and depth of pupil data
you wish to share.
SMyLE Support My Learning Experience Software: Captures pupil
perceptions of their learning in a secure and controlled environment.
Staff use the feedback to see who is engaging well with their learning
and which lessons were most successful.
Come and visit TASC on our stand at the ICT Conference
On: 22nd March 2012
Location: William Brookes School, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6NB
Time: 8.45am to 4pm
Come along and see our new SMyLE Software which supports learning
by capturing and reacting to pupils perceptions. Also showcasing INSIGHT
Software that allows access to your SIMS pupil data online for parents, pupils
and teachers on various mobile devices.
The TASC Team would like to thank all who visited us
on our stand at the BETT Show!
TASC had another busy and successful show at BETT 2012.
Staff were pleased to meet existing clients who came on the stand to
explore the new features made available to them.
Users of PARS software were impressed to see the new
mobile version of PARS Connect which will give staff the benefit of
accessing their pupil data on mobile technology with internet access
including an: iPhone, tablet, HTC, Blackberry or Smartphone without
having to worry about their internal mobile storage being used up.
Moreover, TASC Software's new SMyLE Software gained a
high level of interest at the show. Following demonstrations of the pupil
feedback tool, heads from various schools were positive about new software
product with comments including how helpful the tool would be in trying to
improve the effectiveness of teaching within their school; most saying it
would help test various teaching methods with pupils and inform what works
A big thank you to Michael Cousins, who joined us from
Sacred Heart High School who explained how they were using our products
and the difference they had made to raising achievement in the school.
TASC Software will be showing its new SMyLE Support My
Learning Software at BETT 2012 on Stand F75 to schools and how it can
help teachers support learning by letting them know how well their
lessons are being received by pupils and which pupils are engaging well
in their learning and which lessons were most successful. This is done
through pupils logging into Smyle and providing feedback through
reflecting and commenting upon their learning.
Michael Cousins, Assistant Headteacher at Sacred Heart
High School, explains, "Its a student telling a teacher, in an objective
way that this lesson does or doesn't work for me. You think you know when
something went really well then you find that just three of four of the
students were really taking part, and the rest weren't very engaged at all.
Helping a teacher to improve is a long, hard path, but I think if you have
this system of regular feedback, you can see incremental progress and help
the coaching process. We said to staff that we understood if some didn't
want to do it, but that we think it's a good tool for professional development.
As it is, they can opt into it and they control who sees the results. One of
the secrets of our success is that we use SMyLE to take us beyond simply
listening to students and valuing them. SMyLE enables teachers to analyse
what actually works best for each student and then modify their teaching
to bring out the best in each and every one."
With personalised teaching and learning at the high
interest of education, Smyle also helps teachers to personalise their
lessons by using the feedback from pupils and knowing what has worked.
For example, Catherine, Year 10 Student at Sacred Heart High School said,
"My teachers have already started adapting the lessons as a result of
knowing what my strengths and weaknesses are." Charlotte, Year 11 Student
at Sacred Heart High School explains how being involved in this feedback
process and being heard in a meaningful way has helped, "Being able to
tell teachers what works for you makes you more part of the lesson."
Pupils become more responsible, committed and motivated in class.
"The TASC team are very excited about its new software
development and look forward to showcasing the tool to schools at the show.
You are most welcome to come and meet the team and take a look at our new
development on Stand F75 at BETT 2012!" - Peter Rushton, Marketing Director
at TASC Software.
For further information, please call 01902 824281 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. To see Smyle at BETT 2012, please visit
TASC on Stand F75.
TASC Software is pleased to announce that it has
been awarded the contract by Warwickshire Local Authority to supply
its 'parent, pupil and teacher access online software' to all
secondary schools in the authority.
Insight software will provide parents, teachers and the
pupils themselves with secure access to pupil data in the school's
SIMS MIS, from attendance and behavior and homework through to school
reports. The online access solution will provide real benefits to
parents, teachers, pupils and also save costs, time and resources
for the school. Parents will have the ability to see their child's
data in realtime online and always have the most up to date information.
Pupils will also be able to login to see information on their progress
in school and teachers too can login to Insight to see clear and
concise student information.
E-Learning Adviser at Warwickshire Local Authority, John
Pinkney feels that, 'Insight will add value to a VLE. Increasingly,
schools, often with leadership from the local authority, are using
learning platforms, or virtual learning environments (VLE). Used
effectively, a VLE is the hub of all learning and teaching activities
in the school. Many of these schools realise that if they give
parents log-in access to agreed parts of the VLE they'll be able to
see the work their children are doing, and the assignments they've
been set, and become much more engaged with their learning. It makes
sense to include access to MIS data at the same time, and one way of
doing this is to add Insight to the package that's offered to
parents, with a single log-in from the school website. So in Warwickshire,
for example, all 33 secondary schools will have RM's Kaleidos VLE
together with Insight, both accessible on the same log-in. that if a
school has Insight as a separate, though complementary product, they
can stay with it if they change learning platforms, which schools
often do. Customer service from TASC was also major factor that
helped to convince schools to take on Insight. When we show it to
head teachers, we also show them a list of requests that were made
by the pilot schools, and are now in the product. We're not always
in a position to do that. It's usually a matter of saying. 'I've
asked for these changes and they're under development'.