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Sharing Responsibility for School Accountability

This presentation was given by Suzanne Dillon from the Irish Department of Education and Skills at the GCES Conference on Governing Education in a Complex World during the second Workshop B on the role of shared responsibility in developing accountability mechanisms that work in Brussels on 17 October.

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Sharing Responsibility for School Accountability

  2. 2. SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY Schoo l Inspectora te Patro n Bodie s Teaching Council Legislatio n NCCA Regulatio nParents State exams
  3. 3. A FRAMEWORK FOR SCHOOL QUALITY Schools Inspectorate Parents Why have a framework at all? Provides reassurance that you are operating in a way that is likely to support the achievement of your aims Provides a particular set of questions to ask, and a particular perspective
  4. 4. LOOKING AT OUR SCHOOL Looking At Our School provides a unified and coherent set of standards for the two key dimensions of the work of schools: 1. teaching and learning 2. leadership and management This framework provides: 1. clarity regarding what effective teaching and learning and effective leadership looks like 2. consistency in appraising strengths and a means of identifying areas for development
  5. 5. THE STRUCTURE OF THE QUALITY FRAMEWORK Dimension Domain Standard Statement of Practice Teaching and learning •Learner experiences Pupils engage purposefully in meaningful learning activities •Pupils understand and can explain the purpose of the Leadership and management •Leading School Development School leaders lead the school's engagement in a continuous process of self- evaluation •Engage with school self- evaluation as a structured process focussed on improving teaching,
  7. 7. USING THE FRAMEWORK – SCHOOL SELF-EVALUATION • Framework published in revised SSE Guidelines • Inform self-evaluation in schools • Focus will continue on teaching and learning • School may also reflect on leadership and management • Assist in supporting SSE in schools (Inspectors/PDST/SESS) • Simplicity • Clarity • Consistency
  8. 8. USING THE FRAMEWORK – ACROSS THE SYSTEM Supporting a wide range of partners across the system Internal sections of the Department Reflection tool for schools – whole-school, leadership, teachers Developing and sustaining school leaders – system, school, profession Recruitment – patrons, management bodies, school principals Professional development – system, third level colleges, schools, profession Transparency, accountability, improvement
  9. 9. USING THE FRAMEWORK – EXTERNAL EVALUATION Framework is a comprehensive picture of quality teaching and learning and quality leadership and management It is used by us to identify, affirm, promote and report on the quality of teaching and learning and leadership and management as we find it in the schools we visit The work we do in schools is focussed on the dimensions, domains and standards set out in the Quality Framework (Not all aspects of the framework are included in any one evaluative activity) The information/data we collect in schools facilitates reporting on those dimensions, domains and standards
  10. 10. LOOKING AT OUR SCHOOL – OVERVIEW: LEARNING AND TEACHING Dimensions: Learning and Teaching Domains: Learner outcomes Learner experiences Teacher’s individual practice Teachers’ collective / collaborative practice
  11. 11. LOOKING AT OUR SCHOOL – OVERVIEW: LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT Dimensions: Leadership and Management Domains: Leading learning and teaching Managing the organisation Leading school development Developing leadership capacity