BlogNovember 2016

Firefly and RM Books for flipped homework

New integration between Firefly and RM Unify enables teachers to create Flipped Homework tasks for their students by drawing on the full range of available cloud learning resources made available by RM.

We're delighted to be working with RM, who are doing exciting things when it comes to flipped learning and creating richer resources for students.

This integration enables homework set through Firefly to include a quality e-textbook within RM Books. These ebooks act as the spine for the flipped learning task, where teachers can use overlays to work 'on top' of the online text book. 

Firefly on the Edtech Podcast: What do schools really want from their data?

Interview with Firefly and former Assistant Headteacher, Rob Eastment, on the findings of an exclusive YouGov survey looking at what senior leaders want from their school data.

Rob, interviewed by Sophie Bailey (founder of the Edtech Podcast), discusses areas such as parents evenings and reports, how schools can learn from parallel industries including aviation and healthcare, and changes in data, the cloud and security.

Interested in the full report?

Tudor Hall’s school-wide news project - video

The Tudor Tribune was a two day, school-wide news project. Each of the school's four houses created a modern news website (think Buzzfeed or the Guardian online). Students worked across year groups, collaborating to publish news with urgency, accuracy and editorial direction. Stories and news items were created by the teachers at Tudor Hall, including a graffiti artist at work to the Virgin Mary appearing on some toast!

Got a story to tell and interested in having your school feature in a Firefly video? Get in touch with Alex (

YouGov Benchmarking Report – Transparency of learning in UK state schools

Greater transparency will enable teachers, students, parents and school-leaders to work together to raise standards, says new survey

As the adage goes, no two schools are the same. Some lead with a core pedagogical approach, others are a sum of their didactical parts, the rest somewhere in between. Similarly, no two students are the same - each learns best in different ways, which holds true regardless of their school’s direction.

To steer the ship, senior leaders need a handle on the goings on across their school, from the success of a new policy through to student welfare, both at scale and for individual learners. It is class teachers who regularly engage students one-to-one, best positioned to gather such insight and collectively keep an SLT in the know.