In March the team held a half-day planning session to start prototyping Phase Two designs, so that they’re ready to test with users. It was good to get everyone together to look at options for taking the minimum viable product (MVP) to a more mature product that covers the application process.
The project took an important first step towards making the code shareable — creating a Github page.
They have also made some small changes to the tool, including:
- the ability to delete an assessment
- linking the user directly into the assessment
- removal of need levels from statements
In April, the MVP beta tool went live and the team is planning to hold a live demo of the tool with the SEND finance team during the next sprint.
The team is also looking to start recording some baseline metrics on timings — the time taken to complete a SEND application without the new tool, and with the new tool — in May or June.
On Wednesday 27 April, Amy and Alison from the project team met with three colleagues from the SEND reform division team at the UK Department for Education (DfE). This meeting was arranged by LDCU following DfE’s Green Paper on the SEND process and their plans to streamline it, and the subsequent BBC news article about this. Both teams were keen to meet to discuss the project and to share learnings that will help them shape the work.
Following the meeting, during which the project team gave a demo of the tool and shared what they had achieved so far, the two teams will keep in touch and Bristol have shared their user guide and funding spreadsheet with the DfE.
Meanwhile, Alison has recruited nine SENDCo’s to engage with the use of the tool and to feedback as part of the team’s user research.
The team has been busy working on the prototype development for Phase 2 and has started to build the ‘overview’ page.
They are continuing to investigate access via Azure for all schools and have resolved access for those schools in the Azure IT eco-system.
Amy from the team also presented about the project at the Local Digital South West Roadshow on Tuesday 24 May.