Finding The Evidence Lisbon Nov 08 Kathy Lemaire Final Version2 A

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Finding The Evidence Lisbon Nov 08 Kathy Lemaire Final Version2 A

  1. 1. Finding the evidence: School libraries and self evaluation <ul><li>Kathy Lemaire OBE BA DipLib MCLIP </li></ul><ul><li>Former Chief Executive, </li></ul><ul><li>The School Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>Conference on self evaluation of school libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Lisbon </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd November, 2008 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>What is self evaluation? </li></ul><ul><li>Why self evaluation is an essential tool </li></ul><ul><li>The drivers for school and school library improvement </li></ul><ul><li>How the UK model came about </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>T.S. Eliot </li></ul>
  4. 5. The political background <ul><li>Education law is created by : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Scottish Parliament </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Welsh Assembly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Northern Ireland Assembly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The UK Parliament (England) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>and managed by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Authorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual schools </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. School libraries in the UK <ul><li>Non-statutory status </li></ul><ul><li>Most schools have libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Most provide books, magazines, CD-ROMs, Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Most give some training to students on research skills and using the library </li></ul><ul><li>Often targets for budget cuts </li></ul>
  6. 7. UK school libraries <ul><li>Most actively support development of literacy and reading for pleasure </li></ul>
  7. 8. UK school libraries <ul><li>Most give some training to students on research skills and using the library </li></ul>
  8. 9. UK school libraries <ul><li>Primary schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>usually open only part of the day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>usually run by a teacher, teaching assistant or volunteer </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. UK school libraries <ul><ul><li>Secondary schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>may be run by qualified or unqualified librarian or a teacher, often with student helpers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>usually open longer hours, often before and after school for homework and reading clubs </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. Review of standards in schools <ul><li>External review – Inspection by official bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Internal review – carried out by the school </li></ul><ul><li>Internal review is becoming more formal and extensive </li></ul>
  11. 13. Inspection of schools <ul><li>England: The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) </li></ul><ul><li>Wales: ESTYN </li></ul><ul><li>Scotland: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMIE) </li></ul><ul><li>Northern Ireland: The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETINI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All have been moving towards a model of schools evaluating their own performance . </li></ul></ul>
  12. 14. Developing self evaluation <ul><li>1. Evidence gathering and description </li></ul><ul><li>↓ </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>2. Input ↓ Impact 3. Occasional inspection ↓ Continuous self assessment
  13. 15. New Haven public school criteria for libraries: <ul><li>Relationships: with students, staff, principal, parents, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Role: as teacher, education leader, manager </li></ul><ul><li>Services: newsletters, email </li></ul><ul><li>Facility: layout, desk, seating, access, scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Programmes, collaboration, research methods </li></ul><ul><li>Collection: resources, reference, periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>Technology: number of computers, online and other technology </li></ul>
  14. 16. Self Evaluation Model - Scotland <ul><li>How Good is Our School? </li></ul><ul><li>How Good is Our School Library </li></ul><ul><li>Taking a Closer Look at the School Library Resource Centre </li></ul>
  15. 17. Self Evaluation Models - England based on Ofsted themes <ul><ul><li>Improve your library: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a self-evaluation process for primary schools </li></ul></ul>
  16. 18. Self Evaluation Models - England based on Ofsted themes <ul><li>Improve your library: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a self-evaluation process for secondary school libraries and learning resource centres </li></ul></ul>
  17. 19. Self Evaluation Models: based on Ofsted themes <ul><li>Improve your library: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a self-evaluation process for secondary school libraries and learning resource centres </li></ul></ul>
  18. 20. Self Evaluation Model Themes <ul><li>How high are standards? </li></ul><ul><li>How well are students’ attitudes, values and personal qualities developed? </li></ul><ul><li>How effective are teaching and learning? </li></ul><ul><li>How well does LRC provision meet pupils’ needs? </li></ul><ul><li>How well are pupils guided and supported? </li></ul><ul><li>How effectively does the school work with parents and the community? </li></ul><ul><li>How well is the LRC led and managed? </li></ul>
  19. 21. Other drivers for self evaluation <ul><li>Accountability and transparency </li></ul><ul><li>The expectation of continuous improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating the value of the library </li></ul>
  20. 23. Self evaluation <ul><li>Range of activities – assessing, appraising, monitoring, auditing etc </li></ul><ul><li>Undertaken from within – looking inwards and outwards </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewing the past, taking stock of the present and planning for the future </li></ul>
  21. 24. Development planning <ul><li>“ Policies are helpful management tools; development planning is management itself…...Development planning helps schools determine priorities for action and turn good intentions into actions” </li></ul><ul><li>Stewart Robertson HMI </li></ul>
  22. 25. What does self evaluation involve? <ul><li>Agreeing focus – on specific areas of work </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding indicators – activities that demonstrate success </li></ul><ul><li>Gathering evidence – how you know they are taking place </li></ul><ul><li>Planning development – taking place after evaluation to improve service / activities </li></ul>
  23. 26. Focus of evaluation <ul><li>How the library / librarian might: </li></ul><ul><li>support teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>develop students’ information literacy skills </li></ul><ul><li>help raise standards </li></ul><ul><li>support students’ reading for education and for pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>affect students’ learning outcomes </li></ul>
  24. 27. Why evaluate your school library? <ul><li>Develop a shared vision </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate your value </li></ul><ul><li>Support whole school strategic planning </li></ul><ul><li>Basis for development / improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Support budget bids </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence for school Inspectors, school Governors, SMT </li></ul><ul><li>Salary and status </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison with national/local benchmarks </li></ul>
  25. 28. And finally . . . <ul><li>Remember to record everything </li></ul><ul><li>If possible make use of a ‘critical friend’ </li></ul><ul><li>Make good use of your findings </li></ul>
  26. 29. 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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