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Seamlessly link appraisal, professional development and quality assurance with school or trust priorities. Simplify processes and enhance professional learning and evaluation for the whole school workforce. All in one, flexible online solution.

BlueSky puts your people at the centre of school improvement. Our all-in-one platform helps schools to integrate personalised professional development into every day, for every member of your school workforce. Staff can easily log all CPD activities in one place, reducing the workload of collating evidence and maintaining engagement with objectives.

Our intuitive reporting features help school leaders evaluate the impact of professional learning on school and trust priorities. Staff can see how their work contributes to school improvement.

BlueSky is uniquely flexible, meaning schools and trusts can easily tailor the process and terminology to match the organisation’s values and priorities. The leading online solution of its kind, our platform is used by thousands of schools, trusts and groups in over 40 countries worldwide.

*Bett Award Finalist 2024 and Winner 2019 for Leadership and Management Solutions.*

Eliminate paperwork: Reduce the workload of performance reviews and easily ensure appraisal is an agile and ongoing conversation

Powerful reporting: Generate holistic reports at the click of a button to identify strengths or areas for development

Reduce CPD workload: Quickly identify training needs, assign and approve requests in seconds, track progress towards goals

Fully supported set up: Our Customer Success team works with you to set up and customise the account, and deliver unlimited training

One-stop solution: Support staff development by connecting appraisal, professional learning and quality assurance

Tailored to your culture: Turn features on or off, use in-built or upload bespoke frameworks and templates, and customise terminology

Get in touch with the BlueSky team today to book your free demo today.

Educational Impact

improve school processes
88%
provide school data
81%
improve teaching efficiency
70%
reduce teacher workload
69%
improve teacher wellbeing
60%

Additional evidence

Nov 2021

Doha College, Qatar

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Aug 2022

Advance Learning Partnership, County Durham

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Aug 2022

Watford Grammar School for Girls

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Aug 2022

Congleton High School, Cheshire

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Jan 2023

Dulwich College Singapore

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Dec 2023

Saracens High School. London

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May 2024

Diverse Academies Trust, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire

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May 2024

AISL Harrow Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang, China

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Repton School, Derby

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CompanyBusiness Name: BlueSky Education
HQ Location: United Kingdom
Founded: 2001
Age Range0-4, 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-16, 17-18, 19+
Features360 FeedbackAction ResearchAppraisal ProcessBespoke FrameworksCareer DevelopmentCoaching ConversationsCollaborationContinued Professional DevelopmentCpdDeep DivesEarly Career FrameworkEvidence Profile Individual PortfolioIndividual Progress SummaryInstant ReportsInternational StandardsIsiJournalLearning WalksLesson ObservationNational StandardsOfsted InspectionPerformance ReviewsPerformance ManagementProfessional DevelopmentProfessional LearningProfessional ObjectivesQuality AssuranceReal-time ReportingReview MeetingsSchool DevelopmentSchool ImprovementSefSelf-evaluation FrameworkStaff DevelopmentStakeholder ReportsStrategic PlanningTeacher StandardsTalent ManagementTrust-wide Reporting
LanguagesEnglish
AccessibilityRobust features
PoliciesTerms of ServicePrivacy PolicyGDPR
RequirementsInternet - Low BandwidthInternet - High BandwidthDesktop - MacDesktop - WindowsDesktop - ChromebookMobile - iPhoneMobile - iPadMobile - WindowsMobile - Android

- Browser-based online platform: Access via any device with an internet connection.

- MIS integration via Wonde. Single sign-on (SSO) with Office 365 and Google.

Set Up

Set up usually takes less than 24 hours.

Our Customer Success managers will work with you to support set up implementation aligned to your school's requirements. We work with you to plan how the system will be set up to meet your school's requirements and agree your strategic goals for using BlueSky.

We can support building templates for pro-formas such as Lesson Observation forms and other quality assurance processes. The set up session is usually around one hour and following this, we aim to have your school up and running within one working day.

TrainingLive OnlineWebinarsDocumentationVideos

Tailored online planning and initial training is included in your membership. BlueSky is designed to be very easy to get started and intuitive for all staff to use for day-to-day processes.

We provide key leadership staff with online training and resources to ensure training can be disseminated to all staff. We offer periodic review calls to ensure you get the most out of BlueSky, in line with your desired outcomes and school priorities.

SupportEmailFAQs/ForumKnowledge BasePhone Support

All school staff can access unlimited technical support via email or telephone, and can access our comprehensive knowledge bank which includes training materials, guidance, FAQs and video resources.

Home Learning

School must create the account.

TagsAppraisalSchool DevelopmentProfessional DevelopmentTeacher AppraisalLeadership Performance ManagementTeacher DevelopmentProfessional learningWorkforce appraisalTalent ManagementSuccession Planning

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Paid Subscription

BlueSky Education pricing starts from £350 / year

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BlueSky Education Reviews

4.6 out of 5

from 61 Verified Reviews

BlueSky Education has collected 3 reviews in the past 6 months

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Bernard

Head Teacher

St George's primary School, Wallasey, England

Used BlueSky Education weekly for 5 years+

Jun 2024

We are a systems led school. Blue Sky is one of our most valuable tools.

Reply from BlueSky Education:Thank you for your 5 star review Bernard, great to work with you!
Bernard found BlueSky Education:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    reduced bureaucracy for appraisal, performance reviews, CPD logs etc.
  • Significantly provides school data
    Appraisal records, CPD records, teacher feedback, self evaluation data
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency
    Clarity on standards reviews,. Compiles' all school self evaluation and impact records.
  • Significantly improves teacher wellbeing
    Well being is threaded in detail through personalised appraisals and any ad hoc meetings. Detail records created.
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Connects appraisal, CPD, self evaluation and reporting roles.
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Kate Brown

Assistant Headteacher

Dr Challoner's High School, England

Used BlueSky Education weekly for 1-2 years

Jun 2024

Some systems are not able to be fully integrated with our school's systems - such as the Leave of Absence request process.

Reply from BlueSky Education:Thank you for your review and we appreciate your feedback! Just to note, BlueSky can be integrated with MIS via Wonde but the platform is focused on professional development processes.
Kate Brown found BlueSky Education:
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    Staff no longer have to manually input all training information for PDR, but are still required to complete a Leave of Absence, separate to our BlueSky platform.
  • Moderately provides school data
    Tracking of time that staff are engaging in training for.
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency
    The PDR system and CPDL offer are now aligned.
  • Slightly improves teacher wellbeing
    Having lesson observations, PDR target information and training all in one place helps to alleviate some stress.
  • Moderately improves school processes
    Ability to track hours to ensure that directed time allocations for training have been met.
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Tom Hardy

Assistant Network Manager

Welland Park Academy, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Used BlueSky Education monthly for 5 years+

Jan 2024

Great, thanks!

Reply from BlueSky Education:Thank you for your fantastic review!
Tom Hardy found BlueSky Education:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Clear training and improvement instructions saves time
  • Moderately provides school data
    Puts all feedback in one place making it easier to access
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency
    Targets and CPD is summarised and made easier to manage for all staff
  • Moderately improves teacher wellbeing
    Increase in wellbeing from praise via the BlueSky platform
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Praise and targets are easily identified and managed via the platform
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Simon Jackson

Deputy Headteacher

Prince Henry's Grammar School, England

Used BlueSky Education weekly for 5 years+

Dec 2023

Great potential, but system needs improving. Things like mandatory focus on an observation (I don't want one, it is in the title of the form), mandatory training evaluations (short and long term) are really frustrating. I would like to be able to personalise these forms more and remove some of these fields.

Reply from BlueSky Education:Thank you for your review Simon - we appreciate your feedback. We have made many areas of BlueSky customisable and are working on a number of updates for the new year so hope to be able to address this area soon.
Simon Jackson found BlueSky Education:
  • Does not significantly reduce teacher workload
    The appraisal system is good for record keeping, but is clunky for staff. We are often following up wrong dates/ 'you have to tick this box for this to happen' etc. It could be simpler I think.
  • Moderately provides school data
    Useful to see metrics for teacher development
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
  • Does not significantly improve teacher wellbeing
    It is a lot of chasing up for leaders, when staff can't follow the systems. Also, insisting on certain fields is really frustrating eg you don't seem to be able to turn off a mandatory evaluation for training. Sometimes I don't want staff to evaluate it.
  • Moderately improves school processes
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Sally Filek

Performance & Development Coordinator

Used BlueSky Education daily for 5 years+

Dec 2023

Very good system, but it would be made easier if as Administrator you could clear completion of say objectives if impact statements were missing without having to contact Blue Sky. Also to reinstate leavers who return.

Reply from BlueSky Education:Thank you very much for your review Sally!
Sally Filek found BlueSky Education:
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
  • Significantly provides school data
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency
  • Slightly improves teacher wellbeing
  • Moderately improves school processes
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Paige Frape

Communications and Admin Officer

Used BlueSky Education monthly for 7–12 months

Nov 2023

Customer support area rsponds quickly, easy application to use

Reply from BlueSky Education:Thanks you very much for the 5 star Review Paige!
Paige Frape found BlueSky Education:
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    smoother process of appraisal process
  • Slightly provides school data
  • Does not significantly improve teaching efficiency
  • Slightly improves teacher wellbeing
    Application is easy to use
  • Slightly improves school processes
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India

Assistant Head

Used BlueSky Education daily for 3-4 years

Nov 2023

It can take time to embed, some of the systems ( for example logging CPD ) could be more flexible and easy to bespoke to school. Staff can find it difficult to use, but from an admin side it's great

Reply from BlueSky Education:Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, India.
India found BlueSky Education:
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    Streamline CPD request process
  • Significantly provides school data
    PM objectives, colleagues self review, lesson observation
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency
    Link to CPD priorities
  • Does not significantly improve teacher wellbeing
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Easy to monitor
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Anton McLean

Head of School

Kingsbury High School, England

Used BlueSky Education daily for 4-6 months

Nov 2023

It's a very useful system that has helped with efficiency. There are 1 or 2 things that could be done better.

Reply from BlueSky Education:Thank you for your review Anton, we appreciate the feedback.
Anton McLean found BlueSky Education:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Not necessarily workload, but efficiency of systems
  • Moderately provides school data
    Observation reports; Appraisal objectives
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
    Observation reports
  • Does not significantly improve teacher wellbeing
    Maybe CPD, but difficult to quantify
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Appraisal, CPD
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Lawrence Collins

Headteacher

Used BlueSky Education monthly for 1-2 years

Nov 2023

Reply from BlueSky Education:Thank you for your comments Lawrence!
Lawrence Collins found BlueSky Education:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Negates need for excessive 'form filling' and sharing of paper work with line managers / appraisers. Both would usually involve email exchanges and this increases the risk of conversations not being captured in a timely manner.
  • Slightly provides school data
    Informs evaluation of whole school targets on the development plan (mapping of appraisal expectations against the focus areas for school development)
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
  • Significantly improves teacher wellbeing
    Teacher's feel valued and their voice captured. Transparency on the information shared helps teachers to 'own' their personal development.
  • Moderately improves school processes
    One system for evidencing and recording of whole appraisal and CPD
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Bernard Cassidy

Head Teacher

St George's primary School, Wallasey, England

Used BlueSky Education weekly for 5 years+

Nov 2023

Easy to use, good value and outstanding customer support.

Reply from BlueSky Education:Thank you for a fantastic review Bernard!
Bernard Cassidy found BlueSky Education:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Simple record keeping. Allows meaningful discussion on appraisal with low level bureaucracy for teachers.
  • Significantly provides school data
    Focused on school shared outcomes. Also provides leaders with internal data on CPD, self evaluation and appraisal at a touch of a button.
  • Significantly improves teaching efficiency
    Clear links to professional standards and frameworks and helped us focus our staff on mechanism for improving teaching and learning.
  • Significantly improves teacher wellbeing
    Records discussions on well being and ensured a whole school, systemic focus.
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Simplified processes and communication for Call aspects of professional development.
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Leyla

Head of Professional Learning and Talent

Windsor Academy Trust, England

Used BlueSky Education monthly for 5 years+

Nov 2023

Great to use for appraisal functionality

Reply from BlueSky Education:Thank you so much Leyla, wonderful to get your feedback!
Leyla found BlueSky Education:
  • Does not significantly reduce teacher workload
    No
  • Significantly provides school data
    Accessible information on staff appraisal objectives available through the reporting function
  • Does not significantly improve teacher wellbeing
    No
  • Does not significantly improve teacher knowledge
    Not aware of how it can be used for this function
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Online functionality of recording and tracking staff appraisal objectives and reviews
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Chris Wilshaw

Deputy Headteacher

Used BlueSky Education weekly for 4-6 months

Oct 2022

BlueSky have been very supportive in producing a bespoke appraisal system that fits us as a school. They have always been very quick to respond to queries and understanding that we've not yet mastered the system. Nothing is ever too much trouble. We are delighted to be able to have the overview we now do of appraisal and development plans, and that this can be seen so quickly and efficiently. I wish we'd moved across years ago!

Chris Wilshaw found BlueSky Education:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    No need for printing appraisal, taking to someone different in the school to hand in a paper copy. Line managers can see all the targets of people they line manage easily on one screen.
  • Moderately provides school data
    Easy to gain an overview of the targets all school staff have set. Can now track which teacher standards staff are focussing on, and which school development priorities their targets link to. This would have taken a lot of work with our previous (paper based) system.
  • Moderately improves teacher wellbeing
    Reduced time spent on emailing and printing versions of paper appraisal back and forth.
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Much easier and quicker to see whether all appraisals, targets and development plans are complete. Line managers and SLT can now simultaneously see and read these, without passing paper copies between them.
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Stefanie

Head of Governance

Advance Learning Partnership, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Used BlueSky Education weekly for 5 years+

Aug 2022

I have used BlueSky for several years and find it really supports staff development. It also aligns objectives to the priorities of the School/Trust. BlueSky provides a platform that helps staff to feel that they are personally being invested in, making staff feel valued.

Stefanie found BlueSky Education:
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    Helps support a paperless system. Pulling everything together into one report for analysis
  • Moderately provides school data
    The system provides data of CPD impact allowing for further support where required. Also provides data on learning walks and mentoring/coaching, which supports with teacher development
  • Moderately improves teacher wellbeing
    The system provides staff with an area to reflect on practice to help staff with future opportunities. It allows staff to know they are valued, through coaching, appraisals and CPD.
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge
  • Moderately improves school processes
    All schools use the system so there is a streamlined process across the Trust. Reports provide efficient information to help analyse requirements across the schools/trust. E.G. CPD impact supports future CPD training requirements.
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Joanne

Associate Assistant Headteacher

Used BlueSky Education monthly for 3-4 years

May 2022

It has helped to streamline our performance management systems. It’s easy to use and intuitive allowing leaders to have oversight of a variety of school processes in one place.

Joanne found BlueSky Education:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    It’s quick and easy to navigate.
  • Significantly provides school data
    Quality Assurance data is easy to retrieve and in a sensible format.
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Centralised CPL systems
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Mandy Alexander

Teacher Development Manager

Used BlueSky Education daily for 5 years+

Mar 2022

Mandy Alexander found BlueSky Education:
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
  • Moderately provides school data
    Data on appraisal and learning walk thrus informs teacher development.
  • Slightly improves school processes
    Appraisal process. Analysis of observations and CPD imapct
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Kieran

Headteacher

Churston Ferrers Grammar School, England

Used BlueSky Education daily for 5 years+

Mar 2022

Always been happy with the concept, product, support and development

Kieran found BlueSky Education:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Feedback from observations
  • Moderately provides school data
    CPD outcomes / engagement
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Systematizing professional dialogue
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Deb Poole

Director of Staff Development

City Learning Trust, England

Used BlueSky Education daily for 7–12 months

Feb 2022

The support team are brilliant; the system is very user-friendly (despite my several attempts to break it) and the possibilities are endless with the fact you can make everything bespoke to your setting. Whenever I can't figure stuff out (often) or how to do something (often) the team are always on hand to remind / help / support or find a clever work around that does the job better than I'd hoped. They're FABULOUS. Corinne, our main person, holds a) our Trust and b) my sanity together.

Deb Poole found BlueSky Education:
  • Does not significantly reduce teacher workload
    no, sorry
  • Significantly provides school data
    The ability to develop our own observation proformas, own ranking scales and then a pie chart afterwards is just MINT
  • Significantly improves school processes
    The link between appraisal, CPD and observations
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Uzma Zaffar

Vice Principal - Quality Assurance

Doha College, Qatar

Used BlueSky Education daily for 5 years+

Feb 2022

Fantastic service

Uzma Zaffar found BlueSky Education:
  • Does not significantly reduce teacher workload
    NA
  • Significantly provides school data
    CPD data PD Data
  • Significantly improves school processes
    CPD needs and requirements PDs Probation period reports Lesson Observations Overview Statements
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Charlie Larrington-Vandy

Lead Practitioner of Teaching and Learning

Queen Elizabeth's School Dorset, England

Used BlueSky Education weekly for 5 years+

Feb 2022

There are still some things I believe that could be more editable to create really bespoke uses for our school.

Charlie Larrington-Vandy found BlueSky Education:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Paperwork over duplicating learning walks is gone!
  • Moderately provides school data
    We use it to see on whole school impact of new initiatives
  • Moderately improves school processes
    learning walks are easily monitored and tracked
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Livvy Black

Assistant Headteacher

The Radclyffe School, England

Used BlueSky Education weekly for 4-6 months

Feb 2022

It's brilliant especially with the trainer input

Livvy Black found BlueSky Education:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Reduced paper work for applying for CPD and lesson observations
  • Moderately provides school data
    QA data
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Streamlining QA
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Sonia

Appraisal Coordinator

Newton, Qatar

Used BlueSky Education daily for 4-6 months

Feb 2022

It's a game changer

Sonia found BlueSky Education:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Less paperwork
  • Significantly provides school data
    All reports and percentages lead us to close gaps with the right cpds
  • Significantly improves school processes
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Brian Crombie-Fisher

HR Director

Wade Deacon Trust, England

Used BlueSky Education occasionally for 5 years+

Feb 2022

Brian Crombie-Fisher found BlueSky Education:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
  • Moderately provides school data
  • Moderately improves school processes
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Kate Marchesi

Head

St. Martin's CofE VA Schools, England

Used BlueSky Education weekly for 4-6 months

Feb 2022

It started off well with regular meetings and conversations but not heard much in the last couple of months only to be told they are leaving.

Kate Marchesi found BlueSky Education:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Classroom observations and feedback
  • Does not provide school data
    None
  • Moderately improves school processes
    PMP
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Andrew Williams

Head of High School

Emirates International School Meadows, United Arab Emirates

Used BlueSky Education daily for 5 years+

Feb 2022

Thought my time working in three schools and using Bluesky the support has bee tremendous. Casper and her team have been incredibly supportive - especially when I have set this up in new schools. It also has a significant impact on school development, standardisation of activities as well as monitoring.

Andrew Williams found BlueSky Education:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Analysis of data collected is quick and easy
  • Significantly provides school data
    We recently used Bluesy as part of data collection for our annual inspection and as a result it supported our move from good to very good.
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Lesson observations, PD and Performance management are now streamlined through the whole school.
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Laura Pearson

Education Director for Training, Development and School Improvement

Aquinas Church of England Education Trust, England

Used BlueSky Education weekly for 3-4 years

Feb 2022

Some functions can be difficult to navigate - not always user-friendly

Laura Pearson found BlueSky Education:
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    Keeps appraisal information in one place.
  • Does not significantly provide school data
  • Moderately improves school processes
    Appraisal targets;observations
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