Why should I upgrade to Sonar Tracker?
Put simply, Sonar Tracker will help you to maximise the impact of quality assessment and analysis on pupil outcomes in your school. It’s an online pupil performance and assessment tracker that you and your staff can access from anywhere at any time.
Sonar is the culmination of the great features in the market leading pupil trackers in the Juniper suite, including all the best tried and tested functionality with some game-changing new unique features that will save you time and make it easier for you to ensure all your pupils reach their potential.
Every feature, function and widget included has been carefully chosen and designed to help you spot opportunities to maximise the outcomes of all your pupils. We’ve updated everything, from how you record assessment to the analysis and reporting tools (including a refined Point-In-Time Assessment model (PITA)). And with Sonar Tracker there’s no need to import your pupil and class data from your MIS. It will automatically update this data from your MIS, so you can be sure your pupils are up to date.
Schools using Sonar Tracker this academic year are already noticing the time they’re saving and the reduction in teacher workload when it comes to assessment.
Sonar Tracker also has new and unique features that you won’t find in any other web-based tracker. The curriculum view shows how pupils are performing against their objectives and the opportunities/modelling function helps identify pupils who would benefit from extra support and shows the impact.
What’s more, with Sonar Tracker you can:
- Compare your pupil assessment data with 6000 other schools- using our unique benchmark reports, the Juniper national dataset is one of the largest for Primary school pupils (includes 6000 schools and 500,000 pupils).
- Access unrivalled expertise for CPD, training, consultancy and support – our popular bite-size drop-in days covering a range of Sonar Tracker and assessment topics and an initial tracker best-practice CPD webinar are all included.
How much will it cost?
There are no charges to upgrade from Target Tracker to the new Sonar Tracker. This update is covered as standard for all schools with an active Target Tracker subscription.
What will I pay once my current subscription ends?
Sonar Tracker subscription prices are comparable and terms are flexible.
What about our data in our old system?
We will transfer data for pupils currently on roll, taking your last four years of Steps data for Primary (year groups 1-6), EYFS 20 Steps and Statutory Key Stage outcomes.
The Onboarding Team will then convert the data to our new Sonar Assessment model PITA codes. This is a move away from the linear setup in Target Tracker and in keeping with accepted modern best practices.
It is similar to the PITA view in Target Tracker and is detailed on the Entering Summative Assessments page.
Please take the time to review this assessment approach before arranging your upgrade. You can find out more at our upcoming Upgrade Webinar Sessions.
The conversion uses the Age Related codes in Target Tracker and applies them to the Sonar Assessment model as follows:
In other words, there will be no change in meaning between the two systems. For pupils working Significantly Above or Below it is advised to review the assessments once in Sonar to ensure their suitability however.
Please be aware that we won’t transfer any Statement assessments.
What is Wonde?
Wonde is our third party data integration provider. We work with Wonde to sync your tracker with your MIS to ensure your pupil information is kept up-to date.
Our school doesn’t currently work with Wonde – is that an issue?
No. If you don’t already use Wonde that’s not a problem. They will contact you directly to set up a connection and the process is simple and straightforward.
What does the upgrade involve?
Upgrading is easy and there’s very little for you to do at school. Our onboarding team will:
- Set up an automatic sync with your MIS via Wonde (our third-party integration partner)
- Ask you to approve the connection with Wonde before the upgrade to Sonar Tracker begins
- Work with you to move your curriculum objectives over (by request)
- Migrate your data as detailed above
- Send your log in details by email
- Share details of how to register for the assessment best practice CPD webinar and other useful information.
How long does the upgrade take?
Around 10 days.
What about curriculum objectives?
Built into Sonar Tracker is the complete Target Tracker National Curriculum objective set which will enable you to gather a full picture of attainment and progress as your pupils move through the curriculum content.
Please note - Sonar Tracker does not yet include an evidence function or parental reports.
Can we use Sonar Tracker with our bespoke curriculum?
Yes. However we do recommend schools use the standard curriculum within Sonar Tracker as this was carefully designed by our team of education experts. It’s also continually maintained and updated in accordance with any changes from the DfE.
Please let us know if you would like to continue to follow your own bespoke curriculum and if you have any questions. email@example.com
I want to speak to someone about our particular requirements - who do I contact?
Please contact us with any queries at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will get back to you to help.
Is there any training provided on Sonar Tracker?
Sonar Tracker is intuitive and really easy to use. It also has an inbuilt training module which will help guide you around the system when needed for additional support.
As part of your upgrade you will also have access to our popular bite-size drop-in days covering a range of Sonar Tracker and assessment topics and an initial tracker best-practice CPD webinar (all included).
Can I buy personalised training sessions just for my school?
Yes. We provide a number of different training courses, all of which can be tailored to meet your particular requirements.
How do I find out more about Sonar Tracker?
We’re running a number of webinars especially for existing tracker customers so you can take a look at Sonar Tracker and ask us any questions you might have.
You can sign up here or take a look at our website for more info including helpful videos and reference content from other Primary schools already using Sonar Tracker.
What do I need to do to upgrade to Sonar Tracker now?
To book your upgrade, please visit this web page https://pages.junipereducation.org/Legacy-tracker-upgrade-to-Sonar-Tracker-booking and complete the upgrade request form online. Once your request has been received, we’ll be in touch within 2 days to make arrangements with you directly.
I don’t want to upgrade – what do I need to do?
We are in the process of upgrading all our schools to Sonar Tracker. If you would like to discuss your options, please email email@example.com and we’ll contact you to set up a meeting to discuss the best solution for you.