Input: Students who are not yet educated
Output: Students who are more educated
Easy! So why does it always seem so complicated?
Let’s break down 5 of the key elements found in outstanding schools from the perspectives of research, inspectors and stakeholders; teachers, parents and students.
1. Great Leadership
One of the key elements that is consistently reported across all stakeholders is Great Leadership. With a full performance standard on leadership alone in the UAE Inspection Framework, this is a key factor in driving excellence in education in the school.
A key indicator of good leadership is the school’s Vision and Mission.
This should not simply be a performance rolled out at assemblies and events, it should be something that is embedded in the very fabric of school life, one that students feel ownership over, one that embeds the principals of this unique campus and its populus and one that is relevant to the school and its inhabitants.
All stakeholders note the value of partnerships with the school, is the school contributing meaningfully to the broader community and do teachers engage actively in all aspect of school life and are leaders held accountable for upholding the school’s mission and where the school is constantly driven to improve year on year.
Another element of an outstanding school that is common across all stakeholders is that of inclusion.
Is the school welcoming to all students of every colour, creed and ability.
This element is particularly reported by students as of vital importance.