A teacher has turned entrepreneur in a bid to make work easier for colleagues and improve learning for children.
David Dann has developed software to be used in schools to monitor children’s progress in ‘real time’.
The Anchorsholme Academy teacher, who has been in the profession for 26 years, decided to go part-time in order to develop eZapp, a program which allows teachers to easily input and monitor children’s progress.
And the software has proved so successful it is now being sold to other schools across the Fylde coast, with some schools in the US even showing an interest in the technology.
Mr Dann said: “It raises attainment by recording what we do and then showing the children the next step of learning so that at a stroke, rather than teachers writing in a book, you can log scores at once and give a personalised learning record and pinpointed feedback.
“It’s a real motivator for the children too when they can see how they’re progressing.”
Mr Dann had the idea when new directives were given to teachers on how to record pupil’s progress, after using years of pen and paper to keep important records he decided to create EZapp.
He added: “I thought ‘there’s got to be something better than this’. The government brought in APP, assessing pupil progress, you’ve got to make sure children come up to certain criteria.”
Since its introduction at the academy on Eastpines Drive, Anchorsholme, teachers have seen some pupils progress by up to five points in an academic year, compared to the Government’s expectation of three points per year in Key Stage Two.
Now the teacher turned entrepreneur has set up a limited company, Innoteach Ltd, through which the software is sold to schools for £2,100 per year. He is hoping to meet with bosses from the Department for Education (DfE) to show them the benefits of its use in the hope of rolling it out to more schools.
He added: “It used to take about five days for schools to work facts and figures on pupil progress, with EZapp it takes a few hours.
“Ultimately I want to manage the company full time, but I didn’t do it to make money, it’s about being in a classroom with 30 smiley faces.”