IPACA given "Good" rating by Ofsted inspectors

Dorset Echo: IPACA given "Good" rating by Ofsted inspectors IPACA given "Good" rating by Ofsted inspectors

THE Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) has been judged as good following a recent Ofsted inspection.

The academy was visited by a team of five Ofsted inspectors on June 25 and 26, as they examined and observed the school in action.

Following the inspection, the Ofsted report praised the academy for the digital equipment it provides to the students, and for the progress being made by the children in the Early Years Foundation stage.

A spokesman for Ofsted said: “The achievement of students has improved rapidly. Current pupils in primary years are making good progress.

“GCSE results in 2013 were better than those in the predecessor school”.

“The provision of Samsung Chromebooks to every individual secondary aged student and the use of an accelerated reading programme and tablet computers in the primary sites have enabled students to access a diverse range of materials with good effect.

“Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make excellent progress, and teaching in this area is particularly good.”

Inspectors sat in on 41 teachers in 43 different lessons, and also spoke with students, parents, governors and senior and middle leaders during the two day period.

IPACA was given a “good” rating in each of the four categories, which were achievement of pupils, quality of teacher, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management, which meant it achieved the “good” rating overall.

The news comes on back of the school’s best ever GCSE results in 2013, when 56 per cent of pupils achieved five A* - C grades, including English and Maths.

John Tizard, chairman of the school governors, said that the report was an example of the great progress made by the academy over the past two years.

Mr Tizard said: “This is proof of IPACA's tremendous progress in our first two years. It is testimony to the commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of our learners and all our staff.

“IPACA can move forwards to fulfil our shared vision for education and opportunity on Portland.”

Alison Appleyard, IPACA’s Principal, said: “Ofsted has recognised that we are improving the attainment of our pupils and students across all ages.

“This means that the unique IPACA recipe of all-through-learning, stage-not-age, one-big-family, shoes-off learning, entrepreneurial mindset and digital innovation is having a significant and positive impact on the education and life chances of all of our learners.”

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4:32pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Saddler says...

Well done to all concerned. Do you still really need to move?

Good teachers under good leadership make for a good school, not bricks and motar.
Well done to all concerned. Do you still really need to move? Good teachers under good leadership make for a good school, not bricks and motar. Saddler
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Bollard says...

Shame those Chromebooks don't have any access restriction installed on them, the kids can surf to any website they want to.
Shame those Chromebooks don't have any access restriction installed on them, the kids can surf to any website they want to. Bollard
  • Score: -6

4:48pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Bollard says...

Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english!
Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english! Bollard
  • Score: 8

7:23pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

Saddler wrote:
Well done to all concerned. Do you still really need to move?

Good teachers under good leadership make for a good school, not bricks and motar.
Thank-you.

Yes, we still need to move.

The new campus has always been an integral part of our vision to create a world-class Academy for our learners. An Academy that Portland can be proud of.

It will enable us to deliver exceptional education based on our unique mix of stage-not-age, all-through-learning
, digital learning, entrepreneurship and a one-big-family ethos. We are passionate about ensuring that all of our learners achieve the highest standards, skills and qualifications. Our new campus, with its 21st century facilities, will make a real difference.
[quote][p][bold]Saddler[/bold] wrote: Well done to all concerned. Do you still really need to move? Good teachers under good leadership make for a good school, not bricks and motar.[/p][/quote]Thank-you. Yes, we still need to move. The new campus has always been an integral part of our vision to create a world-class Academy for our learners. An Academy that Portland can be proud of. It will enable us to deliver exceptional education based on our unique mix of stage-not-age, all-through-learning , digital learning, entrepreneurship and a one-big-family ethos. We are passionate about ensuring that all of our learners achieve the highest standards, skills and qualifications. Our new campus, with its 21st century facilities, will make a real difference. Digital IPACA
  • Score: -2

7:27pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

Bollard wrote:
Shame those Chromebooks don't have any access restriction installed on them, the kids can surf to any website they want to.
This simple is not true.

We are the first school in Europe to offer ‘take home filtering’. Normally schools tell families that they are 100% responsible for filtering adult content on school devices at home. We wanted to be different though and provide help to parents with this new technology. This is why we opted to work with a small startup in California ‘Securly’ who build ‘Web Filtering 2.0’ for schools. Working with Securly means that we have a filter system that reflects the 21st Century demands of learning in a global context. Teachers can ‘whitelist sites on the fly’ meaning that content that is needed to support learning is always available.

We are working closely with Securly to solve the “over blocking” problem that many schools face. We want our teachers to safely use Google, YouTube and Wikipedia in the classroom without subjecting students to inappropriate content, videos, search results, and so on - with Securly’s help this is now possible both at school and at home. This is transforming learning and leading to better outcomes for all our students.

Our use of Securly is supported by an all-through e-safety curriculum which Ofsted recently praised.
[quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Shame those Chromebooks don't have any access restriction installed on them, the kids can surf to any website they want to.[/p][/quote]This simple is not true. We are the first school in Europe to offer ‘take home filtering’. Normally schools tell families that they are 100% responsible for filtering adult content on school devices at home. We wanted to be different though and provide help to parents with this new technology. This is why we opted to work with a small startup in California ‘Securly’ who build ‘Web Filtering 2.0’ for schools. Working with Securly means that we have a filter system that reflects the 21st Century demands of learning in a global context. Teachers can ‘whitelist sites on the fly’ meaning that content that is needed to support learning is always available. We are working closely with Securly to solve the “over blocking” problem that many schools face. We want our teachers to safely use Google, YouTube and Wikipedia in the classroom without subjecting students to inappropriate content, videos, search results, and so on - with Securly’s help this is now possible both at school and at home. This is transforming learning and leading to better outcomes for all our students. Our use of Securly is supported by an all-through e-safety curriculum which Ofsted recently praised. Digital IPACA
  • Score: 7

7:29pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

Bollard wrote:
Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english!
We are proud of our unique offer.
[quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english![/p][/quote]We are proud of our unique offer. Digital IPACA
  • Score: 1

6:03am Fri 11 Jul 14

Be_Happy says...

Set up proxy server at home, direct all searches through that, all filtering bypassed. My child did that at age 13 for his and a few friends to use, and none of your fancy security will ever know as long as not many people access the proxy.
I love it when schools claim their internet is safe.
Set up proxy server at home, direct all searches through that, all filtering bypassed. My child did that at age 13 for his and a few friends to use, and none of your fancy security will ever know as long as not many people access the proxy. I love it when schools claim their internet is safe. Be_Happy
  • Score: -2

11:24am Fri 11 Jul 14

portland rebel says...

Digital IPACA wrote:
Bollard wrote:
Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english!
We are proud of our unique offer.
and what unique offer is that, the one that how to put as many buzz words in one sentence as you can. maybe good for business, but calling kids 'learners' , and other such words does not impress anyone .
[quote][p][bold]Digital IPACA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english![/p][/quote]We are proud of our unique offer.[/p][/quote]and what unique offer is that, the one that how to put as many buzz words in one sentence as you can. maybe good for business, but calling kids 'learners' , and other such words does not impress anyone . portland rebel
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Fri 11 Jul 14

elloello1980 says...

Digital IPACA wrote:
Saddler wrote:
Well done to all concerned. Do you still really need to move?

Good teachers under good leadership make for a good school, not bricks and motar.
Thank-you.

Yes, we still need to move.

The new campus has always been an integral part of our vision to create a world-class Academy for our learners. An Academy that Portland can be proud of.

It will enable us to deliver exceptional education based on our unique mix of stage-not-age, all-through-learning

, digital learning, entrepreneurship and a one-big-family ethos. We are passionate about ensuring that all of our learners achieve the highest standards, skills and qualifications. Our new campus, with its 21st century facilities, will make a real difference.
No, you don't NEED to move, you WANT to move
[quote][p][bold]Digital IPACA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saddler[/bold] wrote: Well done to all concerned. Do you still really need to move? Good teachers under good leadership make for a good school, not bricks and motar.[/p][/quote]Thank-you. Yes, we still need to move. The new campus has always been an integral part of our vision to create a world-class Academy for our learners. An Academy that Portland can be proud of. It will enable us to deliver exceptional education based on our unique mix of stage-not-age, all-through-learning , digital learning, entrepreneurship and a one-big-family ethos. We are passionate about ensuring that all of our learners achieve the highest standards, skills and qualifications. Our new campus, with its 21st century facilities, will make a real difference.[/p][/quote]No, you don't NEED to move, you WANT to move elloello1980
  • Score: 3

1:33pm Fri 11 Jul 14

IslandJim1 says...

Digital IPACA wrote:
Bollard wrote:
Shame those Chromebooks don't have any access restriction installed on them, the kids can surf to any website they want to.
This simple is not true.

We are the first school in Europe to offer ‘take home filtering’. Normally schools tell families that they are 100% responsible for filtering adult content on school devices at home. We wanted to be different though and provide help to parents with this new technology. This is why we opted to work with a small startup in California ‘Securly’ who build ‘Web Filtering 2.0’ for schools. Working with Securly means that we have a filter system that reflects the 21st Century demands of learning in a global context. Teachers can ‘whitelist sites on the fly’ meaning that content that is needed to support learning is always available.

We are working closely with Securly to solve the “over blocking” problem that many schools face. We want our teachers to safely use Google, YouTube and Wikipedia in the classroom without subjecting students to inappropriate content, videos, search results, and so on - with Securly’s help this is now possible both at school and at home. This is transforming learning and leading to better outcomes for all our students.

Our use of Securly is supported by an all-through e-safety curriculum which Ofsted recently praised.
No respectable person in a teaching/lecturing capacity should be going any where near Wikipedia! Its a website created and edited by the general, mostly ill informed general public.
At university a reference to it in any body of work resulted in instant penalties to marks.
[quote][p][bold]Digital IPACA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Shame those Chromebooks don't have any access restriction installed on them, the kids can surf to any website they want to.[/p][/quote]This simple is not true. We are the first school in Europe to offer ‘take home filtering’. Normally schools tell families that they are 100% responsible for filtering adult content on school devices at home. We wanted to be different though and provide help to parents with this new technology. This is why we opted to work with a small startup in California ‘Securly’ who build ‘Web Filtering 2.0’ for schools. Working with Securly means that we have a filter system that reflects the 21st Century demands of learning in a global context. Teachers can ‘whitelist sites on the fly’ meaning that content that is needed to support learning is always available. We are working closely with Securly to solve the “over blocking” problem that many schools face. We want our teachers to safely use Google, YouTube and Wikipedia in the classroom without subjecting students to inappropriate content, videos, search results, and so on - with Securly’s help this is now possible both at school and at home. This is transforming learning and leading to better outcomes for all our students. Our use of Securly is supported by an all-through e-safety curriculum which Ofsted recently praised.[/p][/quote]No respectable person in a teaching/lecturing capacity should be going any where near Wikipedia! Its a website created and edited by the general, mostly ill informed general public. At university a reference to it in any body of work resulted in instant penalties to marks. IslandJim1
  • Score: 2

1:45pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

IslandJim1 wrote:
Digital IPACA wrote:
Bollard wrote:
Shame those Chromebooks don't have any access restriction installed on them, the kids can surf to any website they want to.
This simple is not true.

We are the first school in Europe to offer ‘take home filtering’. Normally schools tell families that they are 100% responsible for filtering adult content on school devices at home. We wanted to be different though and provide help to parents with this new technology. This is why we opted to work with a small startup in California ‘Securly’ who build ‘Web Filtering 2.0’ for schools. Working with Securly means that we have a filter system that reflects the 21st Century demands of learning in a global context. Teachers can ‘whitelist sites on the fly’ meaning that content that is needed to support learning is always available.

We are working closely with Securly to solve the “over blocking” problem that many schools face. We want our teachers to safely use Google, YouTube and Wikipedia in the classroom without subjecting students to inappropriate content, videos, search results, and so on - with Securly’s help this is now possible both at school and at home. This is transforming learning and leading to better outcomes for all our students.

Our use of Securly is supported by an all-through e-safety curriculum which Ofsted recently praised.
No respectable person in a teaching/lecturing capacity should be going any where near Wikipedia! Its a website created and edited by the general, mostly ill informed general public.
At university a reference to it in any body of work resulted in instant penalties to marks.
We find contributing accurately to Wikipedia to be a very useful academic and educational exercise. Teaching students about reliable data is an important element of our all-through e-safety curriculum.
[quote][p][bold]IslandJim1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Digital IPACA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Shame those Chromebooks don't have any access restriction installed on them, the kids can surf to any website they want to.[/p][/quote]This simple is not true. We are the first school in Europe to offer ‘take home filtering’. Normally schools tell families that they are 100% responsible for filtering adult content on school devices at home. We wanted to be different though and provide help to parents with this new technology. This is why we opted to work with a small startup in California ‘Securly’ who build ‘Web Filtering 2.0’ for schools. Working with Securly means that we have a filter system that reflects the 21st Century demands of learning in a global context. Teachers can ‘whitelist sites on the fly’ meaning that content that is needed to support learning is always available. We are working closely with Securly to solve the “over blocking” problem that many schools face. We want our teachers to safely use Google, YouTube and Wikipedia in the classroom without subjecting students to inappropriate content, videos, search results, and so on - with Securly’s help this is now possible both at school and at home. This is transforming learning and leading to better outcomes for all our students. Our use of Securly is supported by an all-through e-safety curriculum which Ofsted recently praised.[/p][/quote]No respectable person in a teaching/lecturing capacity should be going any where near Wikipedia! Its a website created and edited by the general, mostly ill informed general public. At university a reference to it in any body of work resulted in instant penalties to marks.[/p][/quote]We find contributing accurately to Wikipedia to be a very useful academic and educational exercise. Teaching students about reliable data is an important element of our all-through e-safety curriculum. Digital IPACA
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

elloello1980 wrote:
Digital IPACA wrote:
Saddler wrote:
Well done to all concerned. Do you still really need to move?

Good teachers under good leadership make for a good school, not bricks and motar.
Thank-you.

Yes, we still need to move.

The new campus has always been an integral part of our vision to create a world-class Academy for our learners. An Academy that Portland can be proud of.

It will enable us to deliver exceptional education based on our unique mix of stage-not-age, all-through-learning


, digital learning, entrepreneurship and a one-big-family ethos. We are passionate about ensuring that all of our learners achieve the highest standards, skills and qualifications. Our new campus, with its 21st century facilities, will make a real difference.
No, you don't NEED to move, you WANT to move
The fact is we are moving, this will not change.
[quote][p][bold]elloello1980[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Digital IPACA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saddler[/bold] wrote: Well done to all concerned. Do you still really need to move? Good teachers under good leadership make for a good school, not bricks and motar.[/p][/quote]Thank-you. Yes, we still need to move. The new campus has always been an integral part of our vision to create a world-class Academy for our learners. An Academy that Portland can be proud of. It will enable us to deliver exceptional education based on our unique mix of stage-not-age, all-through-learning , digital learning, entrepreneurship and a one-big-family ethos. We are passionate about ensuring that all of our learners achieve the highest standards, skills and qualifications. Our new campus, with its 21st century facilities, will make a real difference.[/p][/quote]No, you don't NEED to move, you WANT to move[/p][/quote]The fact is we are moving, this will not change. Digital IPACA
  • Score: -3

1:49pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

portland rebel wrote:
Digital IPACA wrote:
Bollard wrote:
Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english!
We are proud of our unique offer.
and what unique offer is that, the one that how to put as many buzz words in one sentence as you can. maybe good for business, but calling kids 'learners' , and other such words does not impress anyone .
We are confident in our unique offer and are happy to meet with you in person to discuss further.

Please call 01305 820262 Ext. 290 to discuss further.
[quote][p][bold]portland rebel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Digital IPACA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english![/p][/quote]We are proud of our unique offer.[/p][/quote]and what unique offer is that, the one that how to put as many buzz words in one sentence as you can. maybe good for business, but calling kids 'learners' , and other such words does not impress anyone .[/p][/quote]We are confident in our unique offer and are happy to meet with you in person to discuss further. Please call 01305 820262 Ext. 290 to discuss further. Digital IPACA
  • Score: 3

1:59pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

Be_Happy wrote:
Set up proxy server at home, direct all searches through that, all filtering bypassed. My child did that at age 13 for his and a few friends to use, and none of your fancy security will ever know as long as not many people access the proxy.
I love it when schools claim their internet is safe.
Our system monitors the use of proxy servers from home and will record all activity on the device. We do not base our filtering/monitoring on a proxy approach. We are aware that uses of such systems are commonplace in schools, we are different.

While we lead the way in filtering, we realise this is only one string to our bow. Educating our learners about the risks and rewards of using the Internet is far more important. After all, many students carry a 3G connection with them everywhere they go. We do not make any claims of the 'Internet being safe' but educate our students to use it responsibly to support their learning. This is something Ofsted recently highlighted.
[quote][p][bold]Be_Happy[/bold] wrote: Set up proxy server at home, direct all searches through that, all filtering bypassed. My child did that at age 13 for his and a few friends to use, and none of your fancy security will ever know as long as not many people access the proxy. I love it when schools claim their internet is safe.[/p][/quote]Our system monitors the use of proxy servers from home and will record all activity on the device. We do not base our filtering/monitoring on a proxy approach. We are aware that uses of such systems are commonplace in schools, we are different. While we lead the way in filtering, we realise this is only one string to our bow. Educating our learners about the risks and rewards of using the Internet is far more important. After all, many students carry a 3G connection with them everywhere they go. We do not make any claims of the 'Internet being safe' but educate our students to use it responsibly to support their learning. This is something Ofsted recently highlighted. Digital IPACA
  • Score: 7

7:33pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Be_Happy says...

Um, the whole point of a proxy server is that you don't know where the persons home is, your system can not 'monitors the use of proxy servers from home', the closest you could get is monitoring groups of computers / students accessing the same IP address, which may highlight a proxy being used, so if the student(s) are sensible they keep the number of people accessing each proxy to 3 or less. Trust me, even state security systems find it hard to monitor low use proxys.
Which leads me to wonder if you truly understand all the information that you have been given.
Your confident assertiveness does you credit, and will make you a good leader and debater, but it may hide a lack of deep knowledge of the things you say.
Your use of current trendy sound bites that can overawe people not in your sphere is a good shield against many, but to me its like a veneer on something not quite as special as the person would like it to be.
Um, the whole point of a proxy server is that you don't know where the persons home is, your system can not 'monitors the use of proxy servers from home', the closest you could get is monitoring groups of computers / students accessing the same IP address, which may highlight a proxy being used, so if the student(s) are sensible they keep the number of people accessing each proxy to 3 or less. Trust me, even state security systems find it hard to monitor low use proxys. Which leads me to wonder if you truly understand all the information that you have been given. Your confident assertiveness does you credit, and will make you a good leader and debater, but it may hide a lack of deep knowledge of the things you say. Your use of current trendy sound bites that can overawe people not in your sphere is a good shield against many, but to me its like a veneer on something not quite as special as the person would like it to be. Be_Happy
  • Score: -1

11:53pm Fri 11 Jul 14

portland6 says...

I'm astonished that a school getting the best results ever, the best English results in the area, improving from satisfactory to good (the only school in the area that Ofsted has said has improved) and offering excellent or good primary education when the vast majority of local primaries were judged as requiring improvement this year is having to put up with this negativity! What do you people actually want? Some of you clearly want the Chromebooks taken away for some nonsensical reason about filtering - God forbid you monitor your own child's internet use!! I mean, really, what more do those poor teachers have to do?
I'm astonished that a school getting the best results ever, the best English results in the area, improving from satisfactory to good (the only school in the area that Ofsted has said has improved) and offering excellent or good primary education when the vast majority of local primaries were judged as requiring improvement this year is having to put up with this negativity! What do you people actually want? Some of you clearly want the Chromebooks taken away for some nonsensical reason about filtering - God forbid you monitor your own child's internet use!! I mean, really, what more do those poor teachers have to do? portland6
  • Score: 9

4:11am Sat 12 Jul 14

Be_Happy says...

I want a school who are still not providing as good results as other schools in the area to stop using the press at every opportunity to make out that they are the best thing ever to of happened to Portland, I want a leadership that acknowledges that there is another view point besides their own and yes, I don't like the gimmicky chrome books, I'm very IT orientated, and accept that technology is an integrated part of society, but I also feel that where we can we should be showing the next generation that there is another way then pixels on a screen.
I want a school who are still not providing as good results as other schools in the area to stop using the press at every opportunity to make out that they are the best thing ever to of happened to Portland, I want a leadership that acknowledges that there is another view point besides their own and yes, I don't like the gimmicky chrome books, I'm very IT orientated, and accept that technology is an integrated part of society, but I also feel that where we can we should be showing the next generation that there is another way then pixels on a screen. Be_Happy
  • Score: 1

8:42am Sat 12 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

Be_Happy wrote:
I want a school who are still not providing as good results as other schools in the area to stop using the press at every opportunity to make out that they are the best thing ever to of happened to Portland, I want a leadership that acknowledges that there is another view point besides their own and yes, I don't like the gimmicky chrome books, I'm very IT orientated, and accept that technology is an integrated part of society, but I also feel that where we can we should be showing the next generation that there is another way then pixels on a screen.
IPACA was judged to be good in EVERY AREA, not just in it's use of technology.
[quote][p][bold]Be_Happy[/bold] wrote: I want a school who are still not providing as good results as other schools in the area to stop using the press at every opportunity to make out that they are the best thing ever to of happened to Portland, I want a leadership that acknowledges that there is another view point besides their own and yes, I don't like the gimmicky chrome books, I'm very IT orientated, and accept that technology is an integrated part of society, but I also feel that where we can we should be showing the next generation that there is another way then pixels on a screen.[/p][/quote]IPACA was judged to be good in EVERY AREA, not just in it's use of technology. Digital IPACA
  • Score: 5

8:47am Sat 12 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

Be_Happy wrote:
Um, the whole point of a proxy server is that you don't know where the persons home is, your system can not 'monitors the use of proxy servers from home', the closest you could get is monitoring groups of computers / students accessing the same IP address, which may highlight a proxy being used, so if the student(s) are sensible they keep the number of people accessing each proxy to 3 or less. Trust me, even state security systems find it hard to monitor low use proxys.
Which leads me to wonder if you truly understand all the information that you have been given.
Your confident assertiveness does you credit, and will make you a good leader and debater, but it may hide a lack of deep knowledge of the things you say.
Your use of current trendy sound bites that can overawe people not in your sphere is a good shield against many, but to me its like a veneer on something not quite as special as the person would like it to be.
The Chromebooks use a default proxy which we set, if a student tries to use an alternative proxy using a Chromebook this is flagged through our forced and invisible extension. All internet traffic on a Chromebook is still monitored when an alternative proxy is being used.

We do understand what we are doing.
[quote][p][bold]Be_Happy[/bold] wrote: Um, the whole point of a proxy server is that you don't know where the persons home is, your system can not 'monitors the use of proxy servers from home', the closest you could get is monitoring groups of computers / students accessing the same IP address, which may highlight a proxy being used, so if the student(s) are sensible they keep the number of people accessing each proxy to 3 or less. Trust me, even state security systems find it hard to monitor low use proxys. Which leads me to wonder if you truly understand all the information that you have been given. Your confident assertiveness does you credit, and will make you a good leader and debater, but it may hide a lack of deep knowledge of the things you say. Your use of current trendy sound bites that can overawe people not in your sphere is a good shield against many, but to me its like a veneer on something not quite as special as the person would like it to be.[/p][/quote]The Chromebooks use a default proxy which we set, if a student tries to use an alternative proxy using a Chromebook this is flagged through our forced and invisible extension. All internet traffic on a Chromebook is still monitored when an alternative proxy is being used. We do understand what we are doing. Digital IPACA
  • Score: 7

10:55pm Sat 12 Jul 14

portland6 says...

Be_Happy wrote:
I want a school who are still not providing as good results as other schools in the area to stop using the press at every opportunity to make out that they are the best thing ever to of happened to Portland, I want a leadership that acknowledges that there is another view point besides their own and yes, I don't like the gimmicky chrome books, I'm very IT orientated, and accept that technology is an integrated part of society, but I also feel that where we can we should be showing the next generation that there is another way then pixels on a screen.
You need to check the Ofsted Dasboard next week. IPACA has the only consistently good primary phase in the area, and has the best results in the area in several subjects despite not creaming off the cleverest children. Hardyes is voluntary assisted, All Saints is a Church School, Budmouth is over-subscribed with an entrance exam. IPACA takes everyone who wants to go on Portland without question, and picks up others that other local schools reject. You can complain if you like, but Ofsted knows better. If you don't like it, send your children elsewhere. But I certainly won't!!
[quote][p][bold]Be_Happy[/bold] wrote: I want a school who are still not providing as good results as other schools in the area to stop using the press at every opportunity to make out that they are the best thing ever to of happened to Portland, I want a leadership that acknowledges that there is another view point besides their own and yes, I don't like the gimmicky chrome books, I'm very IT orientated, and accept that technology is an integrated part of society, but I also feel that where we can we should be showing the next generation that there is another way then pixels on a screen.[/p][/quote]You need to check the Ofsted Dasboard next week. IPACA has the only consistently good primary phase in the area, and has the best results in the area in several subjects despite not creaming off the cleverest children. Hardyes is voluntary assisted, All Saints is a Church School, Budmouth is over-subscribed with an entrance exam. IPACA takes everyone who wants to go on Portland without question, and picks up others that other local schools reject. You can complain if you like, but Ofsted knows better. If you don't like it, send your children elsewhere. But I certainly won't!! portland6
  • Score: 7

9:10am Mon 14 Jul 14

notweymouth says...

Digital IPACA wrote:
Be_Happy wrote:
Um, the whole point of a proxy server is that you don't know where the persons home is, your system can not 'monitors the use of proxy servers from home', the closest you could get is monitoring groups of computers / students accessing the same IP address, which may highlight a proxy being used, so if the student(s) are sensible they keep the number of people accessing each proxy to 3 or less. Trust me, even state security systems find it hard to monitor low use proxys.
Which leads me to wonder if you truly understand all the information that you have been given.
Your confident assertiveness does you credit, and will make you a good leader and debater, but it may hide a lack of deep knowledge of the things you say.
Your use of current trendy sound bites that can overawe people not in your sphere is a good shield against many, but to me its like a veneer on something not quite as special as the person would like it to be.
The Chromebooks use a default proxy which we set, if a student tries to use an alternative proxy using a Chromebook this is flagged through our forced and invisible extension. All internet traffic on a Chromebook is still monitored when an alternative proxy is being used.

We do understand what we are doing.
Does any information about what the students are doing get passed onto google, or is it totally private?
[quote][p][bold]Digital IPACA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Be_Happy[/bold] wrote: Um, the whole point of a proxy server is that you don't know where the persons home is, your system can not 'monitors the use of proxy servers from home', the closest you could get is monitoring groups of computers / students accessing the same IP address, which may highlight a proxy being used, so if the student(s) are sensible they keep the number of people accessing each proxy to 3 or less. Trust me, even state security systems find it hard to monitor low use proxys. Which leads me to wonder if you truly understand all the information that you have been given. Your confident assertiveness does you credit, and will make you a good leader and debater, but it may hide a lack of deep knowledge of the things you say. Your use of current trendy sound bites that can overawe people not in your sphere is a good shield against many, but to me its like a veneer on something not quite as special as the person would like it to be.[/p][/quote]The Chromebooks use a default proxy which we set, if a student tries to use an alternative proxy using a Chromebook this is flagged through our forced and invisible extension. All internet traffic on a Chromebook is still monitored when an alternative proxy is being used. We do understand what we are doing.[/p][/quote]Does any information about what the students are doing get passed onto google, or is it totally private? notweymouth
  • Score: -2

10:48pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

notweymouth wrote:
Digital IPACA wrote:
Be_Happy wrote:
Um, the whole point of a proxy server is that you don't know where the persons home is, your system can not 'monitors the use of proxy servers from home', the closest you could get is monitoring groups of computers / students accessing the same IP address, which may highlight a proxy being used, so if the student(s) are sensible they keep the number of people accessing each proxy to 3 or less. Trust me, even state security systems find it hard to monitor low use proxys.
Which leads me to wonder if you truly understand all the information that you have been given.
Your confident assertiveness does you credit, and will make you a good leader and debater, but it may hide a lack of deep knowledge of the things you say.
Your use of current trendy sound bites that can overawe people not in your sphere is a good shield against many, but to me its like a veneer on something not quite as special as the person would like it to be.
The Chromebooks use a default proxy which we set, if a student tries to use an alternative proxy using a Chromebook this is flagged through our forced and invisible extension. All internet traffic on a Chromebook is still monitored when an alternative proxy is being used.

We do understand what we are doing.
Does any information about what the students are doing get passed onto google, or is it totally private?
Google Apps for Education users own their data, not Google. The data schools and students put into Google systems is theirs.

There are small amounts of non-personal and non-sensitive pieces of data that are shared in agreement with IPACA and Google such usage statistics. However, all such data is compliant with EU and US legislation.
[quote][p][bold]notweymouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Digital IPACA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Be_Happy[/bold] wrote: Um, the whole point of a proxy server is that you don't know where the persons home is, your system can not 'monitors the use of proxy servers from home', the closest you could get is monitoring groups of computers / students accessing the same IP address, which may highlight a proxy being used, so if the student(s) are sensible they keep the number of people accessing each proxy to 3 or less. Trust me, even state security systems find it hard to monitor low use proxys. Which leads me to wonder if you truly understand all the information that you have been given. Your confident assertiveness does you credit, and will make you a good leader and debater, but it may hide a lack of deep knowledge of the things you say. Your use of current trendy sound bites that can overawe people not in your sphere is a good shield against many, but to me its like a veneer on something not quite as special as the person would like it to be.[/p][/quote]The Chromebooks use a default proxy which we set, if a student tries to use an alternative proxy using a Chromebook this is flagged through our forced and invisible extension. All internet traffic on a Chromebook is still monitored when an alternative proxy is being used. We do understand what we are doing.[/p][/quote]Does any information about what the students are doing get passed onto google, or is it totally private?[/p][/quote]Google Apps for Education users own their data, not Google. The data schools and students put into Google systems is theirs. There are small amounts of non-personal and non-sensitive pieces of data that are shared in agreement with IPACA and Google such usage statistics. However, all such data is compliant with EU and US legislation. Digital IPACA
  • Score: 4

1:12pm Tue 15 Jul 14

youngpete says...

Everyone knows all this hype through the media & large signage outside the school is to try & get people on side about the new location.Its good the school is doing well but at the end of the day, that's what your paid for.
Everyone knows all this hype through the media & large signage outside the school is to try & get people on side about the new location.Its good the school is doing well but at the end of the day, that's what your paid for. youngpete
  • Score: -1

1:02pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Newground says...

Bollard wrote:
Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english!
I particularly enjoyed 'shoes-off learning.'

I understand this always comes with head-up a*rse management.
[quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english![/p][/quote]I particularly enjoyed 'shoes-off learning.' I understand this always comes with head-up a*rse management. Newground
  • Score: 0

1:03pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Newground says...

Bollard wrote:
Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english!
I particularly enjoyed 'shoes-off learning.'

I understand this always comes with head-up a*rse management.
[quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english![/p][/quote]I particularly enjoyed 'shoes-off learning.' I understand this always comes with head-up a*rse management. Newground
  • Score: -1

1:09pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Newground says...

Digital IPACA wrote:
Be_Happy wrote:
I want a school who are still not providing as good results as other schools in the area to stop using the press at every opportunity to make out that they are the best thing ever to of happened to Portland, I want a leadership that acknowledges that there is another view point besides their own and yes, I don't like the gimmicky chrome books, I'm very IT orientated, and accept that technology is an integrated part of society, but I also feel that where we can we should be showing the next generation that there is another way then pixels on a screen.
IPACA was judged to be good in EVERY AREA, not just in it's use of technology.
No school teacher in England should be improperly spelling 'its' as 'it's'.

Too much fooling around with computers, perhaps.
[quote][p][bold]Digital IPACA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Be_Happy[/bold] wrote: I want a school who are still not providing as good results as other schools in the area to stop using the press at every opportunity to make out that they are the best thing ever to of happened to Portland, I want a leadership that acknowledges that there is another view point besides their own and yes, I don't like the gimmicky chrome books, I'm very IT orientated, and accept that technology is an integrated part of society, but I also feel that where we can we should be showing the next generation that there is another way then pixels on a screen.[/p][/quote]IPACA was judged to be good in EVERY AREA, not just in it's use of technology.[/p][/quote]No school teacher in England should be improperly spelling 'its' as 'it's'. Too much fooling around with computers, perhaps. Newground
  • Score: -2

11:11pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

Newground wrote:
Digital IPACA wrote:
Be_Happy wrote:
I want a school who are still not providing as good results as other schools in the area to stop using the press at every opportunity to make out that they are the best thing ever to of happened to Portland, I want a leadership that acknowledges that there is another view point besides their own and yes, I don't like the gimmicky chrome books, I'm very IT orientated, and accept that technology is an integrated part of society, but I also feel that where we can we should be showing the next generation that there is another way then pixels on a screen.
IPACA was judged to be good in EVERY AREA, not just in it's use of technology.
No school teacher in England should be improperly spelling 'its' as 'it's'.

Too much fooling around with computers, perhaps.
Rest assured we do more than 'fool around with computers' - our English Department having the best grades last year in Weymouth and Portland prove that.
[quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Digital IPACA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Be_Happy[/bold] wrote: I want a school who are still not providing as good results as other schools in the area to stop using the press at every opportunity to make out that they are the best thing ever to of happened to Portland, I want a leadership that acknowledges that there is another view point besides their own and yes, I don't like the gimmicky chrome books, I'm very IT orientated, and accept that technology is an integrated part of society, but I also feel that where we can we should be showing the next generation that there is another way then pixels on a screen.[/p][/quote]IPACA was judged to be good in EVERY AREA, not just in it's use of technology.[/p][/quote]No school teacher in England should be improperly spelling 'its' as 'it's'. Too much fooling around with computers, perhaps.[/p][/quote]Rest assured we do more than 'fool around with computers' - our English Department having the best grades last year in Weymouth and Portland prove that. Digital IPACA
  • Score: 1

11:14pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

Newground wrote:
Bollard wrote:
Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english!
I particularly enjoyed 'shoes-off learning.'

I understand this always comes with head-up a*rse management.
We listen to our learners, their research showed shoeless learning supported learning. After listening we trialled it together, it worked so we have kept going with it. We have tried lots of things, some have worked, some haven't. We are not afraid to listen to our learners.
[quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: Haha, how may buzz phrases can Mrs Appleyard fit into one sentence? That kind of talk might impress people in business meetings but not in the real world. Speak english![/p][/quote]I particularly enjoyed 'shoes-off learning.' I understand this always comes with head-up a*rse management.[/p][/quote]We listen to our learners, their research showed shoeless learning supported learning. After listening we trialled it together, it worked so we have kept going with it. We have tried lots of things, some have worked, some haven't. We are not afraid to listen to our learners. Digital IPACA
  • Score: 1

11:17pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

youngpete wrote:
Everyone knows all this hype through the media & large signage outside the school is to try & get people on side about the new location.Its good the school is doing well but at the end of the day, that's what your paid for.
We are full in our Primary phase, people are already 'on side'. We are rightly celebrating everyone's hard work.

As Ofsted said, "The achievement of students has improved rapidly. Current pupils in the primary years are making good progress. GCSE results in 2013 were better than those in the predecessor school".
[quote][p][bold]youngpete[/bold] wrote: Everyone knows all this hype through the media & large signage outside the school is to try & get people on side about the new location.Its good the school is doing well but at the end of the day, that's what your paid for.[/p][/quote]We are full in our Primary phase, people are already 'on side'. We are rightly celebrating everyone's hard work. As Ofsted said, "The achievement of students has improved rapidly. Current pupils in the primary years are making good progress. GCSE results in 2013 were better than those in the predecessor school". Digital IPACA
  • Score: 1

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