Sarah and the MIS project team worked hard to get all 150 teaching staff on board. “Expectations are high here,” says Sarah, “so we had to get it right.” During the run up to the iSAMS launch at the school in 2010 the project team created ‘top tips’ hand-outs for teaching staff and clear user guides that outlined all the benefits of the new MIS system. “I give utter credit to the staff here and also the team at iSAMS,” says Sarah. “The implementation went really well.”
The iSAMS team moved the data over from the previous MIS and helped the school clean and remove duplicate or incorrect data before launch. By 2011 iSAMS was fully embedded at the school, building its investment module by module.
iSAMS team members also trained the staff at Sevenoaks School. Sarah believes iSAMS were ‘exceptional’ during that time.
Sevenoaks School now has over two years’ worth of academic report data in the new iSAMS system and can build trends by student, subject, class, and by year group. This supports strategic decisions that the school makes, including around pastoral care; even by being able to track academic progress at a glance by tutor or boarding house level. “iSAMS gives you a great sense of how individual students are progressing,” enthuses Sarah, “including information about attendance, learning support needs, academic progress and family connections.”