Colleges engage in national review

24 May 2017

James SlomanAs we near the end of the current strategic planning cycle for 2014-2018 our mind needs to begin thinking of the next stage in the exciting journey of the colleges. The collective consideration for us as a community is how to bring the very best of the past into the future. Building on what we do best while also creating the outstanding student experience is a critical piece of work for us as a community.

The Moreton Bay Colleges community takes great pride in our ability to provide excellence in education, which is relevant and engaging to our students. This means providing an education where every student will graduate from school with the skills, credentials and attributes to do exceptionally well in the future.

In late July the colleges will be undertaking a week-long school-wide review. The result of the review will be a comprehensive report indicating the Colleges’ strengths and areas seen as necessary for change or improvement, including suggested strategies.

The review will be based on the National School Improvement Tool, developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The tool consists of nine ‘domains’, each designed to explore a particular area of the school. Examples of some of the domains are: A culture that promotes learning; Analysis and discussion of data; An expert teaching team; Differentiated teaching and learning; and Effective pedagogical practices. More information on this can be found at the following https://www.acer.org/school-improvement.

The report looks to identify strengths and suggest ways to enhance these, and to identify areas that need change or improvement and offer strategies. The methodology of the review will essentially be interviews with as many people associated with the school as possible, including teachers, parents, students and support staff.

The review team will consist of nine people – six from the college community and three external reviewers. The Chair will be Mr Norm Hunter, ex-Principal of Hillbrook Anglican School and now an educational consultant. Mr Hunter is currently Vice President of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (Queensland). He is a highly respected educational leader: a Fellow of both the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Australian College of Educators, and has been awarded the Order of Australia for his services to educational leadership at state and national levels.

A second independent review team member is Emeritus Professor Rob Gilbert. Professor Gilbert was Dean of Education at James Cook University, then Professor of Education at the University of Queensland. He has conducted major research projects for the State and Commonwealth Governments, and advised the Commonwealth Government on the recently developed National Standards for Teachers and Teacher Education.

The third independent reviewer is Ms Pamela Hall. Ms Hall was Head of Primary at St John’s Anglican College, Forest Lake, and since then she has worked widely as an education consultant, including facilitating a program for aspiring leaders across Nauru’s school system. All three of the external members have worked for several years for the Education Department’s School Improvement Unit, travelling around Queensland as members of review teams.

The rest of the review team will consist of five teachers and a parent. The teachers will be representative of the two primary and secondary schools as well as the childcare centre.

The review team will consult widely across the school community, hearing people’s perceptions of the college’s strengths and weaknesses. They will collate this in a report based on the nine domains of the National School Improvement Tool, which will include suggested strategies for improvement. This is a major event in the life of the school and we look forward to taking part in the process and receiving and acting on the report.

This important work will commence shortly with the majority of interviews taking place in early Term 3 with more information to come.

James Sloman
Executive Principal

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