Frequently Asked Questions

All about SixIntoSeven

What is SixIntoSeven?

SixIntoSeven is web-based system which helps to promote further collaboration between primary and secondary schools as pupils move from Year 6 to Year 7. This is achieved by sharing pastoral and academic information in a consistent format which is compliant with GDPR and cyber security standards. In this way each pupil will experience a personalised transition, where the knowledge gained by the primary school over many years is transferred well before the pupil arrives, so it is of value on day one of the new school year.

Who is it for?

The simple answer is primary and secondary schools in England who can work in a more collaborative partnership. This could be through MATs, alliances, at a local authority level or local clusters. The lead organisation signs up and manages the process. The primary schools make the diagnostic statements and input early transition information. SixIntoSeven transfers this data so that secondary schools can easily decide which pupils need additional support on day one and which elements of the curriculum need more focus. Primary schools can also be confident that their knowledge and understanding of their Year 6 cohort will be used by the Year 7 teachers.

What information is transferred?

We have a standard offering which includes diagnostic statements for mathematics, English and languages and six categories of pastoral information covering pastoral and wellbeing, behaviour and attendance, send and safeguarding, attainment and punctuality. However, should you want to transfer from a selected number of categories then the system can be readily adapted.

Does the information transferred through SixIntoSeven duplicate what is already available?

SATs provide a snapshot of the level of a pupil’s attainment as measured during the test. The diagnostic statements show what a pupil can and cannot do as measured during their normal lessons. The Year 7 teacher will be aware about specific areas to support or challenge a pupil from the very first lesson. SATs and diagnostic statements complement each other.

The pastoral information will identify potential barriers to learning and possible solutions. It complements existing systems, such as SEND and Safeguarding, by providing early warning for appropriate interventions for the start on the new academic year.

Do we need diagnostic statements now that SATs are returning?

SATs provide a snapshot of the level of a pupil’s attainment as measured during the test. The diagnostic statements show what a pupil can and cannot do as measured during their normal lessons. The Year 7 teacher will be aware about specific areas to support or challenge a pupil from the very first lesson. SATs and diagnostic statements complement each other.

I need to talk to the new school about this pupil

We realise that somethings a proper conversation. In these cases, the primary colleague can add a red flag next to the pupil’s name indicating that the secondary school should phone for additional information.

Who manages SixIntoSeven?

SixIntoSeven has been designed and built by askEddi Ltd, an education technology company specialising in secure data management products for schools. We are registered with the ICO and cyber security certified. We have worked with ASCL and its school leaders to develop the product to meet the needs of progressive schools.

Our company number is 07504837.  The Registered office is at Unit 2c Pritchards Wingbury Courtyard Business Village, Wingrave, Aylesbury, Bucks, England, HP22 4LW

Our development and support office is based at the Cotton Exchange 616e, Edmund Street, Liverpool L3 9LB

Please visit the contact page if you require additional information

What are our values?

We are firmly committed to ensuring that each child has a personalised transition. This is achieved by transferring the collective knowledge gained by a primary school to the secondary school in time for early intervention.

We recognise that we work through school professionals and are committed to their wellbeing by aiming to reduce their workload and provide the support needed so they can use our product as efficiently as possible for the benefit of the child.

We are a reflective company. We know that by listening to colleagues in a range of education settings and roles, we can continually improve our product and the resulting impact on children.

Getting Involved in 2022

When can our school use SixIntoSeven?

SixIntoSeven 2022 will launch in March. Multi Academy Trusts, Alliances Local Authorities, School Improvement Services and clusters around secondary schools can register to start connecting with their feeder primaries here. You can register your school here.

Where can I find out more?

Visit our About page to find news and resources, or you can contact us here

 

My school is part of a borough-wide or MAT group

We are excited to be working with local authorities, alliances and MATs to deliver SixIntoSeven to all their schools. If you are part of one of these groups and you have a general enquiry about taking part, please contact the person from your borough or MAT in the first instance or our support team via the contact page.

If you are an existing user of SixIntoSeven

Our customer service team will bring over the primary school list of any existing clients that have used the platform in 2020 and 2021. The data sharing agreements can be reactivated quickly and simply through the connections page. Use our Contact page.

The Pricing Structure

Please contact us for a quote which can be tailored to your specific requirements. Remember that discounts are available for ASCL members.

How to pay

We will start registering you onto SixIntoSeven once we have received a purchase order.

Consistency in sharing pupil information

Pupil information in SixIntoSeven

SixIntoSeven is a secure portal for schools to share pupil academic and pastoral information about individual pupils. Our aim is for all pupils to experience a personalised transition: a transition where the knowledge gained by the primary school over many years is transferred well before the pupil to be of value on day one of the new school year

Can we customise SixIntoSeven?

We have provided a standard profile with modules covering pastoral wellbeing, for example, behaviour and attendance, and diagnostic statements for maths, English and languages. We realise that some clusters or groups might want to use only selected parts of this standard profile to meet their own local circumstances. This is a simple task. Please contact us here for more information.

What do secondary schools receive?

Secondary schools are presented with a data grid which is populated with the information which is uploaded and published by the primary school. The head of the secondary school, or those with appropriate permissions, can download this information for distribution to the appropriate colleagues or to upload to their MIS.

What do primary schools receive?

The primary schools will be able to download school-based reports on selected information and full reports on individual pupils

What happens if some of my pupils go to schools outside my MAT, alliance, local authority or cluster?

This is not a problem. Any secondary school using SixIntoSeven can receive information on any pupil expected in Year 7 which has been published by a primary school anywhere in the country.

What happens if one of my pupils goes to a school which is not taking part in SixIntoSeven?

SixIntoSeven is the one-stop-shop for transition. If there is a school who are not part of SixIntoSeven, this is not an issue. The primary school will be able to create a PDF of all the uploaded information which can be handed over to the destination secondary school. SixIntoSeven will not be responsible for its safe data transfer.

Some of my pupils go to secondary schools which are collecting different information

It is important that colleagues do not waste time uploading information which is not requested. You will be able to see on your grid what information is asked for from each secondary school for each pupil.

I have thirty pupils in my class. That’s a lot of box-ticking

We have always been mindful of teacher workload, but never more so than now. To speed up the process, each question is set by default to the most common response, where no action is needed.

Compliance to GDPR and cyber security

GDPR

Sharing personal data with a third party is not something which any professional should undertake lightly. This includes information going by email, by spreadsheet as well as through internet-based apps. Appropriate agreements must be signed which show the rights and responsibilities of the sender and the receiver.

This is a complex legal process which is time-consuming and expensive to complete. We have included within SixIntoSeven data sharing and participation agreements which have been audited and agreed by Derbyshire County Council’s well regarded Data Protection for Schools organisation, which is part of their Education Data Hub. These must be signed whenever a link is established between two schools.

The cost saving benefit for schools to produce and manage Data Sharing Agreements and Data Protection Impact Assessments have been included in the annual subscription cost. We’ll be happy to share this cost saving with you when we produce a quote for your school or group of schools.

Cyber Security

As well as helping ensure that your school meets GDPR standards, we have also obtained validation that ours does too. We have been awarded the Cyber Essentials certificate. This is awarded by the UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre and, to quote the NCSC, Cyber Essentials

gives you protection against a wide variety of the most common cyber-attacks. This is important because vulnerability to simple attacks can mark you out as target for more in-depth unwanted attention from cyber criminals and others.

Certification gives you peace of mind that your defences will protect against the vast majority of common cyber-attacks simply because these attacks are looking for targets which do not have the Cyber Essentials technical controls in place.

Our certificate number is IASME-CE-014334

Collaboration between professionals

How do I involve schools in our network?

Once registered, a secondary school will use SixIntoSeven will send an invitation to its feeder primaries to let them know that your school is taking part. We recommend you speak with your feeder primaries first to explain the process. We will shortly be publishing resources to help with this conversation.

How does it work?

SixIntoSeven is working across MATs, local authorities, alliances and clusters of primaries around a single secondary. However, in all cases the way of working is the same. As with all inter-school initiatives there needs to be coordinator to lead the project. Their key roles are to liaise with SixIntoSeven to help sign up the participating schools, to agree with those school the categories of information which will be transferred and confirm deadlines. Supporting material, such as CPD slides and checklists will shortly be available on our website.

Primary schools input information on Year 6 pupils through an online grid. SixIntoSeven securely transfers information to the destination secondary school for early intervention at a whole-school, class and individual level so the most appropriate learning and pastoral care can be delivered.

Suggested time frames

SixIntoSeven allows groups of schools to set their own deadlines based upon their own circumstances. Our experience has been that most secondary schools register during March and April when they also invite the primary schools.  May is the month when primaries upload and publish the information so secondaries can have June and July for planning for the new academic year.

What if schools in our network are reluctant to take part?

We do recognise that developing new patterns of work and information transfer are difficult, especially during these times of disruption. We will shortly be publishing resources to help schools strengthen collaboration with their networks.

Register for SixIntoSeven

Register your interest in SixIntoSeven 2021 using your official school email address.  Please check your junk folder if you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours.

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