As you may be aware, we have had the evaluation/accreditation visits from both the IB and Council for international Schools (CIS) in at school recently. It seems so far so good, with positive verbal feedback.
It is not all about good news only though, while affirming the good work going on, the teams were also in the school to help us with our on going development and so will make a number of recommendations for us to consider. It is actually very helpful to have objective eyes view our school and make constructive, professional suggestions for improvement.
Undertaking two in depth reviews ( both organisations required separate self studies) has been a really valuable experience to date, albeit lots of work! All fulltime staff, both teaching and support worked in teams to write a section of the self study, rating our performance against evidence, based on the standards of the organizations.
It was great to have staff involved and gave everyone the opportunity to understand aspects of school life that they may not know about or be involved in. It gave us a sense of tremendous unity, as we were all actively working towards a common goal.
While it can be a bit scary to have nine professionals going through the school like a dose of salt, I very much enjoyed the fact that there was a definite feeling from the teams of collegial support.
We will share the reports with you when received. At this stage, I am not expecting them until the end of June. I'll keep you posted!