5 reasons to try… Tapestry Online Learning Journal

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Tapestry is an easy-to-use online learning journal helping staff and families celebrate and support their children’s learning from Early Years to Key Stages 1/2, in mainstream and specialist provision.

Subscriptions include a wide variety of features designed to reduce workload, assist with provision development, and build meaningful relationships with families. 

1. Demonstrating progress

Tapestry is the exclusive online home of Cherry Garden Branch Maps. Combining their teaching experience with building on parts of the Routes for Learning framework, Ofsted Outstanding specialist school Cherry Garden created this child-centred approach, which demonstrates lateral progress to support educators working with children with learning differences and disabilities in Early Years and KS1/KS2.

Our development team collaborated with the school to add the framework to Tapestry, designing an interactive orchard that celebrates each child’s progress with educators and families.

2. Your children, your curriculum

Adapt your Tapestry account to your needs and support your unique provision with Bespoke Frameworks. This feature gives your school the flexibility to create, upload and share your own curriculum, assessment framework, or milestones directly onto your account, so you can capture learning and reflect on progress in a way that works for your cohorts and your team.

With Bespoke Frameworks, educators can monitor progress linked to the Engagement Model or specific outcomes from a child’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

3. Engagement tool

Designed to support the building of meaningful relationships with families, Tapestry enables you to share valuable feedback through Observations which can be added and replied to by educators and parents/carers.

With the Activities feature you can create, store and send bespoke activities to be done at home/school for groups of children or an individual child, responding to their unique learning needs. And Memos allows staff to communicate efficiently with parents and carers, sharing news and updates including documents, pictures and videos.

“[Bespoke Frameworks] gives your school the flexibility to create, upload and share your own curriculum, assessment framework, or milestones directly onto your account.”

4. Free CPD when you need it

Tapestry’s CPD feature offers effective training to support your staff with building their pedagogical knowledge to inform their professional judgement. Our experienced education team are continuously creating engaging and interactive content that your team can access at a time that works best for them.

Examples of courses currently available are Additional Support Within Mainstream Education, Alternative Communication Approaches, and An Introduction to Ableism.

5. Support and facilitate reflective practice

Tapestry Reflections provides a space for educators to share and discuss thoughts, experiences, and actions; identify and plan changes to make sure all children are accessing your provision, and record their impact; monitor trends and gain insight into the pedagogical knowledge and confidence of your staff, to then tailor training and support to the needs of individuals and the team; and develop personal reflective practice, recording your ideas, initiatives and their impact on your teaching.

Key points
  • All Tapestry features, those already available and any new releases, are included in every subscription; there are no hidden fees to access additional functionality.
  • The Cherry Garden framework, used by over 700 settings, is a finalist of the Teach Primary Awards 2022 for the ‘SEN’ category.
  • The Tapestry app is a pared-down version of the browser, designed to allow efficient uploading, viewing and editing of posts.
  • Try Tapestry for free with a no-obligation two-week trial, which includes all the available features to ensure you fully experience the system.

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