Doha College is one of the oldest British curriculum schools in Qatar, providing a world class education for 1,800 students between the ages of 3 and 18 across two campuses. “We face similar challenges to other international schools, in that cohorts are extremely transient,” says Paul Young, Senior Vice Principal Head of Secondary.
The school has found that by recording students’ learning targets and effort grades in SIMS Assessment, it’s a simple task to track the attainment of individuals and groups. “Red, yellow and green bandings allow us to flag which students are working at the expected level and who might need some extra support, so we can act quickly to help. We have also created a band we like to call ‘Doha College Blue’ to highlight those individuals who are on track to exceed their targets by the end of the year.”
One of the tools Paul especially likes is SIMS Discover, which pulls together key information such as the latest data on students’ attendance and achievement and displays it visually – a Venn diagram, bar charts or line graph, for example. “SIMS Discover presents everything in a colourful, visual way. It simplifies the task of analysing data and helps us to identify those students who might not be achieving all they are capable of so we can step in. The graphs can be embedded on the home pages of our Key Stage Leaders so they have a clear picture of how students are progressing.”
“By using SIMS, we’ve transformed how we use our data, and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from staff and students for doing so. While the ability of our student cohort has remained much the same since 2008, results are improving all the time. SIMS helps us to maintain a combined focus on encouraging progress and celebrating success, which for us is a powerful approach.”