Chaps, Is there some sock-puppetry here? It just seems a little fishy. I read a lot of the TES stuff but this is the first time that I have felt the need to comment on something. Make your own minds up! I was reading this thread (http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/p/487491/6838266.aspx#6838266) whenI thought I recognised a few of the"characters" from other discussions. I can't leave this stuff alone so I did some digging - it seems that RHJ147 and JDizzle pop up quite a lot together. <u>May 2011</u> RJH147 is telling us here that he's got a demo organised with the sales guys from Bluewave and is very excited! BUT RHJ147 stated back in <u>19/08/2010</u> (http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/p/423286/5853107.aspx#5853107) "There is also Bluewave SWIFT, they not only do CPD, Professional standards, lesson observations as with Bluesky but also include SEF, School Development planning, Performance Management reviews and a number of other national reports. We use them in our school and actually looked at a few other system including Bluesky, School Centre and a few others before buying and found them to be the best value for money as they included these other areas at a very similar price. " <u>and a month later</u> (http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/p/383575/6764484.aspx#6764484) "On this subject I would like to recommend that our school uses a system for setting and managing budget with relation to the school's improvement plans and CPD through Bluewave Swift." and then ...in <u>April 2011</u> (20/4/11) - http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/p/483467/6691080.aspx#6691080 "I heard about it from a colleague and looked into it. It looks like a cut down version of the system we already use to articulate our SIP, PMR and CPD. It does however have an attractive means of directly flagging up a an element of the SEF as a priority for the SIP. However simply knowing the school allows me to do that. We use www.BluewaveSwift.co.uk FYI" and the same day (http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/p/476546/6691111.aspx#6691111) "Can't help too much with the specific without experience of the school or department however if the structure or "wordiness" of the plan is causing problems you may want to suggest to the SLT or HT directly an coherent means of managing the SDP, CPD and PMR together via a online system that all staff and governors can access. We currently use it, its called www.bluewaveswift.co.uk award winning and used nationwide." You've got to admit - it does look pretty suspect. RJH147 it's very laudable to endorse a product and those kind of recommendations carry a lot of weight. If it's a sales pitch chaps - then that's fine - but lets be clear about it. I've heard good things about BlueWave but it does undermine this a little when you see things like this. I come to the TES forums for impartial advice and that doesn't appear to be what we're getting. Maybe they're not paid to do this ...and maybe RJH147 has got some form of amnesia but I doubt it. V.