This year is our school’s Year of Review. Reviews are conducted every 4 years and involve all community stakeholders. It is an exciting and enriching time where we look back, to be able to look forward.
Parents, children and staff have the opportunity to be involved in numerous workshops to view, reflect upon, analyse and discuss various data sets. The data will tell a story and from this point, we can plan the journey our school will take as we establish our future priority areas. Paramount to this process is having the ‘child’ first and foremost in our minds and hearts.
In a nutshell, the review process comprises:
- A pre-review self-evaluation. This commenced in Term 2 with students, staff and School Council and will continue throughout this term. Workshops focus on sharing and analysing the following survey and student data: Student Attitude to School, Parent Opinion, Staff Opinion, NAPLAN, Teacher Judgement and Attendance.
- At the end of this term our self-evaluation information will be shared with the School Reviewer (appointed by DE&T) and the School’s Education Improvement Leader (DE&T) and our 2 school selected Challenge Partners (Elwood Primary and South Yarra Primary School Principals) in readiness for our Validation Day.
- The above listed people will form a panel, alongside Maya Donevska, our School Council President, Jo O’Malley and I. The panel tests and validates our pre-review self-evaluation information and agrees on our school’s performance against our established goals and targets and identifies our school’s place on the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes Continua of Practice. This informs the focus and duration of the review. The Panel will develop focus questions and the methodology for the rest of the review.
- The panel then undertakes Fieldwork activities to investigate the focus questions, as planned on Validation Day. This will involves visiting a number of classrooms and speaking with children and staff about student learning.
- Using the information gained from the Validation and Fieldwork days, the panel develops directions for the next School Strategic Plan, including goals, targets and key improvement strategies.
- The Reviewer then develops a report reflecting Panel’s views.
- The report is then presented to staff and received by school council.
It is a lengthy and highly valuable exercise.
If you have any particular questions or would like to know more detail, please feel free to contact me.