Self Evaluation and Quality Assurance

Unit 4, Task 4
The purpose of a school self-evaluation is to ensure each organisation monitors, assesses and evaluates its performance constantly.   In this way they can always plan to improve and carry it out.
Dewey so succinctly said “If we teach today’s children as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow”.   To me this means that times change, children are different and if we stuck to what we always did – even though it was excellent at the time, the organisation will decline.   On the other hand; quality assurance helps raise standards and builds expertise and capacity in the education system to give positive outcomes for all pupils.  
Quality assurance through self-assessment is a vital part of Continued Professional development since without that assessment one will not know what needs developing.   It is important evidence for internal as well as external stakeholders.
Quality assurance applies to all areas of education including curriculum planning, teaching and assessing.   The day to day care of a teacher is an example too because a teacher should strive to know how the learners actually feel about the learning, the method of teaching, learning or assessment and to see that it meets their needs.   “Learners are at the very heart of quality assurance”

Examples of tools used in my school to maintain quality assurance are:

  * Work perusals by my line manager
  * Appraisals
  * Setting targets with teachers on which areas to work on for the Term.   It is reviewed at the end of the term and new target set.
  * Teacher self-assessments
  * Teacher observations
  * Tracking students’ progress
  * Recording of summative assessments to compare yearly progress.
By following a cycle of planning – implementing – reviewing – evaluating, a school can put improvements in place and advance further.
Moreover, a quality assurance model must be in place for each person to know their responsibilities and to whom they are responsible.

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