2. Think about your school's practices

Reflect on what your school is currently doing.

It is important to ‘suspend judgement’. Put aside any preconceived ideas or expectations you may have and be open to what your analysis may show, even if this is unexpected or disappointing. If you do not do this, you may fall into the trap of looking for evidence that supports a judgment you have already made, rather than making a judgement based on your evidence.

To assist with this, you may want to ask probing questions, such as:
  • What existing practices in our school support/contribute to excellence in (the relevant element)?
  • Why are these practices important? What do we hope to change, impact or transform?
  • What new/improved processes form part of the school plan?
  • How widespread are our practices? Classroom, stage/faculty, whole school?

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