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ROBERTSON ASKS TEACHERS 'HOW GOOD IS YOUR SCHOOL'

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Scottish education minister Raymond Robertson welcomed the publication of a new guide today by HM Inspectors of Sch...
Scottish education minister Raymond Robertson welcomed the publication of a new guide today by HM Inspectors of Schools to help headteachers, teachers and education authorities to evaluate the quality of education in their schools.

The publication, entitled How Good is your School? Self- Evaluation Using Performance Indicators provides a set of national performance indicators to help schools answer the following questions.

How well are pupils performing?

How well is the school managed?

How effective is the school?

Mr Robertson said:

'This new publication gives an opportunity to Scottish schools to move up a gear when reporting on pupils' achievements to parents. We recently published our national report on Standards and Quality in Scotland and the next step is for every school to produce its own standards and quality report.

'Today's publication, building on good practice in our schools, provides schools with the means to assess how well they are doing in key areas such as pupil attainment, learning and teaching and leadership. There is little doubt that parents, pupils, employers and politicians want to know the answers to questions including:

How well are pupils performing?

How effective is the school?

How well is the school managed and led?

What are the school's key strengths?

What are the main points for actions?

The publication is very positive about progress in Scottish schools and I believe that the new set of national performance indicators gives every school the chance to compare its standards and quality on a national basis.

Most important of all, the inspectors' guide seeks to help all teachers and headteachers move closer to answering the key question at local level: 'How Good is our School?'

All of this is in keeping with the government's moves to improve school performance and to bring about greater openness in reporting on pupils' progress.'

The publication by the HMI Audit Unit is the result of a year long review of school self-evaluation in Scotland and introduces a set of 33 national performance indicators to help schools to: recognise key strengths; identify those areas where good quality needs to be maintained or where improvement is desirable: and draw up an action plan leading to the school's report on standards and quality.

The support materials are a result of collaboration between HM Inspectors of Schools and a project team of practising teachers, headteachers and education authority advisers.

A copy of the publication is being sent to every school in Scotland as well as all education authorities.

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