This year has been one of change for Mime: we have launched a range of new products, developed our existing products, won some exciting consulting projects, and moved offices!
Our new products for 2017
We are proud to have launched 2 new products to help our clients improve their SEND provision.
- Our SEND Dashboard is for local authorities and brings together data on over 80 SEND indicators to give a single, complete picture of your service. We launched this in January and now provide the dashboard to 4 local authorities in London and the South East.
- More recently we have launched our SS Tracker – a simple-to-use tool for special schools to record and monitor the progress of their SEN pupils against non-academic targets. It’s early days but we are starting to gain momentum amongst special schools.
One of our earliest users, Chris Collins from Glebe School says:
‘The SS Tracker has been most useful in evidencing the growth and personal development of our individual students.’
And Larissa Sherman from Bromley Beacon Academy says:
‘The Mime team have been excellent at translating complex measurement and data needs into a software system.’
Take a look at our new video to hear more about this great tool.
In addition, we have completed our Super School Profile suite with a secondary profile. This provides schools with a complete picture of their comparative Key Stage 4 results. We are pleased to have provided these to Tower Hamlets schools through the Tower Hamlets Education Partnership. We have also updated our Primary and Post 16 Profiles to reflect our latest branding and to ensure that they continue to provide the simplest presentation of the complex data.
Existing product developments
We continue to service our faithful school improvement clients in Wandsworth, Southwark and Bracknell Forest and are pleased to have extended our reach to new clients, including Merton, Lambeth and Tower Hamlets. We are most proud to have developed:
- Our DataPix product to allow local authorities and schools to compare school performance side-by-side exploring the data interactively.
- The ability to receive data direct from schools via Assembly through our data transfer service. This means that we can provide our range of school improvement products direct to schools.
We have completed our suite of Skills Route modules with the introduction of Skills Route FIND and Skills Route EXPLORE to complement Skills Route PLAN that we launched in 2016. We also built our analytic report (as part of the Teacher Toolkit) to support schools using Skills Route. We have been rolling out Skills Route with Year 10 and 11 students who have used the tools during 2017 to help them make decisions about Post 16 study courses and college options as well as future university and career options. We are pleased to have supported students following the One Degree programme with Skills Route workshops. One student told us:
‘Skills route is very helpful because last weekend I started thinking about what am I going to do after sixth form and Skills Route really did help me. Thank you.’
Following the upgrade of our EYFS Tracker in 2016, we updated the look of the Learning Journeys in 2017. The improved look makes them easier to read and we modified the export functionality so that settings can amend the learning journeys before sending onto parents.
We have been kept busy on a number of exciting and challenging consulting projects during the year. In particular:
- Post-Primary Tracking – we have undertaken research to track the outcomes of Year 6 pupils after they leave primary school to help schools understand the longer-term impact that their education has on the lives of young people. You can find out more about this research in our blog.
- We have continued to support Assembly in developing their analytics for schools. We are delighted to hear that the team have been nominated for a BETT award this year.
- Working with our partner Minted Box, we built an innovative platform for students at Future Academies to record and demonstrate skills they have developed beyond the academic curriculum.
We are thrilled to have been appointed recently by the GLA and London Councils to undertake a London-wide review to identify the 16+ SEND education supply gap and produce a robust and sustainable methodology for analysing projected demand to inform annual planning cycles in commissioners and providers. We will be working with our partner, Ella Atkinson, to complete the modelling work and develop recommendations in the early part of 2018.
Our office move
In May, we moved to our new offices in Clapham Manor Street. Not only has this given us more space but it has enabled us to co-locate with two great partners and organisations: Stuart Coleman from infoNation and Gwen Sinnott from Sinnott Learning Solutions. It has allowed us to collaborate and work more closely on a number of projects, boosting the skills available to our clients.
Do contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to hear more about any of these projects or products.