Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What makes a good school?

This blog post is a reflection of this post by my fellow WellyEd colleague Paula.  Paula asks the question "What makes a good school?". So here is my list of things I think make a good school. It is in no way finished and I will continue to add to it.

As a teacher:

  • A shared vision
  • Professionalism
  • Transparency
  • Distributed leadership
  • Personalised professional development opportunities
  • Opportunities for leadership
  • Wellbeing supported
  • Collegiality
  • Celebrates the good
  • Innovative practice is encouraged
  • A safe, open, sharing culture

For students/family:
  • They are welcome
  • Teachers doors are open
  • Reports reflect that the teacher knows the student (narrative)
  • All cultures are celebrated
  • There is a school community
  • Support for students with specific learning needs
  • Clear communication 

Please note that there is no mention of national standards or individual student successes.  I believe that if the school is a thriving community of learners then this will be reflected in a multitude of ways.