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Finding The Evidence Lisbon Nov 08 Kathy Lemaire Final Version2 A

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

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

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  • 1. 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
  • 2.
    • 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
  • 3.
    • 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
  • 4.  
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. UK school libraries
    • Most actively support development of literacy and reading for pleasure
  • 8. UK school libraries
    • Most give some training to students on research skills and using the library
  • 9. UK school libraries
    • Primary schools
      • usually open only part of the day
      • usually run by a teacher, teaching assistant or volunteer
  • 10. 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
  • 11.  
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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 .
  • 14. Developing self evaluation
    • 1. Evidence gathering and description
    • Evaluation
    2. Input ↓ Impact 3. Occasional inspection ↓ Continuous self assessment
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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
  • 17. Self Evaluation Models - England based on Ofsted themes
      • Improve your library:
      • a self-evaluation process for primary schools
  • 18. Self Evaluation Models - England based on Ofsted themes
    • Improve your library:
      • a self-evaluation process for secondary school libraries and learning resource centres
  • 19. Self Evaluation Models: based on Ofsted themes
    • Improve your library:
      • a self-evaluation process for secondary school libraries and learning resource centres
  • 20. 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?
  • 21. Other drivers for self evaluation
    • Accountability and transparency
    • The expectation of continuous improvement
    • Demonstrating the value of the library
  • 22.  
  • 23. 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
  • 24. 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
  • 25. 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
  • 26. 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
  • 27. 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
  • 28. And finally . . .
    • Remember to record everything
    • If possible make use of a ‘critical friend’
    • Make good use of your findings
  • 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
  • 30.  

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