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Apresentação de Kathy Lemaire, Lisboa, Torre do Tombo, 3 Novembro 2008

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    Finding The Evidence   Lisbon Nov 08 Kathy Lemaire Final Version2 A Finding The Evidence Lisbon Nov 08 Kathy Lemaire Final Version2 A Presentation Transcript

    • Finding the evidence: School libraries and self evaluation
      • Kathy Lemaire OBE BA DipLib MCLIP
      • Former Chief Executive,
      • The School Library Association
      • Conference on self evaluation of school libraries
      • Lisbon
      • 3 rd November, 2008
      • What is self evaluation?
      • Why self evaluation is an essential tool
      • The drivers for school and school library improvement
      • How the UK model came about
      • It is not enough to understand what we ought to be, unless we know what we are; and we do not understand what we are, unless we know what we ought to be.
      • T.S. Eliot
    •  
    • The political background
      • Education law is created by :
        • The Scottish Parliament
        • The Welsh Assembly
        • The Northern Ireland Assembly
        • The UK Parliament (England)
      • and managed by
        • Local Authorities
        • Individual schools
    • School libraries in the UK
      • Non-statutory status
      • Most schools have libraries
      • Most provide books, magazines, CD-ROMs, Internet access
      • Most give some training to students on research skills and using the library
      • Often targets for budget cuts
    • UK school libraries
      • Most actively support development of literacy and reading for pleasure
    • UK school libraries
      • Most give some training to students on research skills and using the library
    • UK school libraries
      • Primary schools
        • usually open only part of the day
        • usually run by a teacher, teaching assistant or volunteer
    • UK school libraries
        • Secondary schools
        • may be run by qualified or unqualified librarian or a teacher, often with student helpers
        • usually open longer hours, often before and after school for homework and reading clubs
    •  
    • Review of standards in schools
      • External review – Inspection by official bodies
      • Internal review – carried out by the school
      • Internal review is becoming more formal and extensive
    • Inspection of schools
      • England: The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED)
      • Wales: ESTYN
      • Scotland: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMIE)
      • Northern Ireland: The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETINI)
        • All have been moving towards a model of schools evaluating their own performance .
    • Developing self evaluation
      • 1. Evidence gathering and description
      • Evaluation
      2. Input ↓ Impact 3. Occasional inspection ↓ Continuous self assessment
    • New Haven public school criteria for libraries:
      • Relationships: with students, staff, principal, parents, etc
      • Role: as teacher, education leader, manager
      • Services: newsletters, email
      • Facility: layout, desk, seating, access, scheduling
      • Programmes, collaboration, research methods
      • Collection: resources, reference, periodicals
      • Technology: number of computers, online and other technology
    • Self Evaluation Model - Scotland
      • How Good is Our School?
      • How Good is Our School Library
      • Taking a Closer Look at the School Library Resource Centre
    • Self Evaluation Models - England based on Ofsted themes
        • Improve your library:
        • a self-evaluation process for primary schools
    • Self Evaluation Models - England based on Ofsted themes
      • Improve your library:
        • a self-evaluation process for secondary school libraries and learning resource centres
    • Self Evaluation Models: based on Ofsted themes
      • Improve your library:
        • a self-evaluation process for secondary school libraries and learning resource centres
    • Self Evaluation Model Themes
      • How high are standards?
      • How well are students’ attitudes, values and personal qualities developed?
      • How effective are teaching and learning?
      • How well does LRC provision meet pupils’ needs?
      • How well are pupils guided and supported?
      • How effectively does the school work with parents and the community?
      • How well is the LRC led and managed?
    • Other drivers for self evaluation
      • Accountability and transparency
      • The expectation of continuous improvement
      • Demonstrating the value of the library
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    • Self evaluation
      • Range of activities – assessing, appraising, monitoring, auditing etc
      • Undertaken from within – looking inwards and outwards
      • Reviewing the past, taking stock of the present and planning for the future
    • Development planning
      • “ Policies are helpful management tools; development planning is management itself…...Development planning helps schools determine priorities for action and turn good intentions into actions”
      • Stewart Robertson HMI
    • What does self evaluation involve?
      • Agreeing focus – on specific areas of work
      • Deciding indicators – activities that demonstrate success
      • Gathering evidence – how you know they are taking place
      • Planning development – taking place after evaluation to improve service / activities
    • Focus of evaluation
      • How the library / librarian might:
      • support teaching and learning
      • develop students’ information literacy skills
      • help raise standards
      • support students’ reading for education and for pleasure
      • affect students’ learning outcomes
    • Why evaluate your school library?
      • Develop a shared vision
      • Transparency
      • Demonstrate your value
      • Support whole school strategic planning
      • Basis for development / improvement
      • Support budget bids
      • Evidence for school Inspectors, school Governors, SMT
      • Salary and status
      • Comparison with national/local benchmarks
    • And finally . . .
      • Remember to record everything
      • If possible make use of a ‘critical friend’
      • Make good use of your findings
    • Weblinks http:// www.informat.org/schoollibraries / http://www.hmie.gov.uk/documents/publication/hgiosjte3.pdf http:// www.slainte.org.uk/slic/schoollibs/performance.htm http://www.hmc.org.uk/publications/Making-self-evaluation-work.pdf
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