Guiding principles – school selection, key steps and the role of executive/college principals

How many schools are being validated? How were they selected?

The five year external validation cycle will involve all Department of Education schools. Each year approximately 20% of schools will be selected as a representative sample across the six operational directorates.

What are the key steps of external validation?

External validation consists of four key steps:

  • The school prepares and completes a submission highlighting their self-assessment practices and achievements using the School Excellence Framework (SEF).
  • The Director, Educational Leadership affirms the school’s validation submission.
  • An independent panel determines whether the evidence presented supports the school’s assessment.
  • The school may use aspects of the external validation report as supporting evidence in updating the current school plan and producing the school’s annual report.

What is being validated in the external validation process?

The external validation process validates whether the school’s evidence supports their self-assessment using each element of the School Excellence Framework (SEF).

What is the role of executive/college principals?

The executive/college principal plays an important role in the planning and reporting cycle of a college and as such will have an ongoing role in self-assessment.

Depending on the local context, organisation and structure of the college, the executive/college principal may participate in the collaborative preparation of the campus’ external validation submission with the campus leadership team and/or the panel meeting.

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