Observatory helps you focus time, money, and resource where it matters most.
It makes staying on top of your establishments a doddle by keeping everything up-to-date, organised, and in one place – so you can focus on the important stuff, like targeting training, support, and finance where it’s needed.
Plus it’s completely free for you to use.
(We’re nice like that.)
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Observatory gathers the insights you need to know and displays them all in one place, saving you hours of time chasing and collating data, spreadsheets, and notes.
Whether you need to see the latest Ofsted data or the most recent interactions with one of your schools, you’ll find what you need quickly and easily via your dashboard.
You can see what’s happening across all your establishments at a glance, review how your schools are doing on a map, and get alerted when there’s something urgent to be taken care of – keeping you in control of all the spinning plates.
Take a holistic look at any of your establishments by searching for them or clicking on them to see their School Dashboard. You’ll find all the key statistics and insights available for that school, from their Ofsted grades to RAG ratings and back again.
You can also upload any relevant files, notes, or evidence quickly and securely – so the rest of your team can access them without trawling through emails and google documents. Hurrah!
RAGS & TAGS
We’re here to help you stay on top of what’s going well, and raise red flags where your schools may need some assistance.
Track your impact over time visually with customisable RAG ratings, grades, categories, and tags. Nobody knows your schools like you do, so you can group them any way you like – as well as create custom tags that help you see which establishments are struggling, due to be inspected, heading for a potential budget deficit, and more.
(Psst. You can also create dynamic groups that automatically update to reflect data inputted elsewhere… magic!)
TRUST-WIDE ASSESSMENT ANALYSIS
For those Trusts where schools are using our Balance curriculum, planning and assessment tool, you have the ability to analyse Teachers’ Professional Judgements across all the schools in your entire Trust.
This provides real-time analysis from schools using Balance (you can find out more about Balance here) where teachers can record point-in-time assessments against pupils in their class. From Balance, data will automatically feed into Observatory for you to be able to see a Trust-wide picture and identify any interventions and support that may need to take place. A massive time saver!
Don’t have Balance but interested in taking a look?
NOTES OF VISIT
No more time wasted tracking down and sharing notes stored on different servers, computers, or even someone’s notebook. Whether your team needs to record a note of a call they’ve just had with a headteacher, or you need to attach your own record of visit template – with Observatory, you can securely upload files against any of your schools as you go.
It keeps everything in one place, easily accessed by all of your team members (with the right permissions, of course!)
Never miss a beat with a live alert ticker that displays all the relevant updates and changes that you or a member of your team has made across any of your schools. Whether someone’s added notes, added a new tag, or recorded a new grade – you’ll know about it.
AN EYE ON PARENT VIEW
No more wasted time checking for Parent View activity across all of your schools (especially when there have been no changes!) Stay consistently up-to-date with recent activity and get alerted when a new response has been added against any of your schools. Phew!
INSPECT YOUR INSPECTOR
Always feel prepared when you get that call with the latest intel available on the lead Ofsted inspectors visiting your schools at your fingertips.
Inspector Profiles summarises every inspection your lead inspector has done, showing you their main findings, recommendations, recurring themes – and even shows you other establishments they’ve recently inspected on a map. Use the keyword search to save time investigating things like curriculum, pupil premium, and governance so you get as much time as possible to prepare.
Plus, you can keep an eye on how inspections are going across the country with Watchsted, meaning you’ve always got a view of the bigger picture.
Works hand in hand with Perspective Lite
Observatory seamlessly integrates with another handy free tool for your schools to use, called Perspective Lite.
Using Perspective Lite and Observatory together not only makes your life easier but gives your schools free access to Inspector Profiles and other time-saving tools.
It’s already used in over 19,000 schools, so you may find out some of your schools are already using it, give us a shout to find out.
"From a senior leaders point of view, Performance Management was a huge benefit from a time management point of view really because I had everything in one place."
- Sara Radley, Head Teacher at Rock Ferry Primary
“Everything I needed was there and ready for me, and uploading what I needed to went smoothly!”
- Hanna Knight, Wansdyke School
"To input the relevant information for our 119 schools it took me less than two hours, it was then up and running. I was recently asked for some OFSTED and SIAMS related information and I was able to give the answer almost immediately.”
- David Thorpe, Deputy Director, The Diocese of Liverpool
“So easy to use”
- Damien Thorpe, Head Teacher, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
Why is it free?
Glad you asked. It’s simple, really.
For over 20 years we’ve been working with over 19,000 schools, MATs, and every Local Authority to create useful tools for the Education sector.
We made Observatory free because we’re here to help, and it gives us a chance to show off some of our other tools that could benefit you and your establishments.
Made by Angels.
Angel is a Liverpool based software agency, established in 1999, that creates innovative products for the education and health sector.
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