School management platforms exist to streamline school operations and automate time-consuming administrative tasks and processes. However, today’s best school management platforms (SMPs) deliver benefits beyond a school’s business office, revolutionising how teachers perform their roles too.
Quality SMPs support classroom teachers to simplify the way they plan, deliver and assess learning, track attendance, communicate with students and families, and more. By streamlining or eliminating various daily processes, student management software empowers teachers to spend less time on administration and more time on teaching and learning activities.
In this blog, we share six ways school management platforms can improve teachers’ productivity and performance.
1. Lesson planning
SMPs allow teachers to plan lessons and collaborate in year-level or subject-area groups to build and deliver a curriculum that’s engaging and consistent. Working digitally, teachers can lesson plan at school or remotely, add resources that align with the subject matter, and stay on top of the homework that’s been assigned. A digital approach also allows substitute teachers to step into a classroom with confidence that all the information they need to deliver the day’s learning is at their fingertips.
2. Managing attendance
Most schools now record attendance digitally. However, attendance data can be fractured, incomplete and unreliable without an integrated school-wide approach. Modern SMPs let classroom teachers record, monitor and report on attendance with consistency and confidence, while automatically notifying families if a student is late or absent. They make it easy to stay on top of planned absences and offer sophisticated reporting and analytics that highlight any emerging trends.
3. Assessment and reporting
Student assessment is a notoriously time-consuming teacher task. A quality SMP removes much of the administrative burden of assessment and reporting by providing tools that streamline the report writing process. Functionality like test importing, editable comment banks, and integration with state and national standards empowers teachers to create student reports accurately and efficiently.
4. Monitoring behaviour and wellbeing
Schools are increasingly focused on student wellbeing as a critical component of their school experience. A good SMP will allow teachers to edit and view important behavioural and wellbeing information, including any interventions in place to support an individual student’s wellbeing.
5. Communicating with families
An SMP provides an invaluable communication bridge between teachers, students and families. Most platforms offer multi-channel options including email, SMS and app. Teachers value the opportunity to contact families privately without providing their personal phone numbers and the flexibility to send bulk or individual messages. Chasing consent or payment digitally is much more efficient than trying to catch parents at drop-off or calling each relevant family individually.
6. Booking resources
Getting access to shared school resources when they need them is central to a teacher’s ability to deliver their lesson plan. Whether teachers need to use the gym or art room, sports gear or IT equipment, their ability to see and book available resources – both in advance and in real time – via an SMP is invaluable.
School management software can be used in various ways within the classroom to help teachers maximise the time they have for learning delivery. With everyday tasks executed quickly and accurately and automated where possible, improved teacher productivity can in turn have a meaningful impact on student learning and performance.
FACTS School Management’s comprehensive suite of school and financial management tools empowers K-12 schools to operate more efficiently and effectively in all areas. Trusted by more than 11,500 K-12 schools across the globe, FACTS empowers administrators and classroom teachers to spend less time on routine tasks and more time delivering high-quality learning.