Our School Administrative Manager Imrana Khanam is working with our partner Adhyayan as an external assessor for their school reviews. She has been involved with five school reviews so far and features in their recent newsletter alongside Ajeet Sangia, our Education Co-ordinator at Hunar Ghar and one of our teachers, who has also become an Adhyayan Assessor. Here Imrana shares her experience of getting involved and what she has learnt…
Accepting Adhyayan Assessor programme opportunity was a bit confusing for me. I took this very casually and didn’t want to go as I thought it is not useful for me and for my work. Thanks to Ed (EFL-Co founder) for changing my mind set and believing in me. I really thank him for encouraging me to become an Adhyayan Assessor because this has really changed my vision and my work. Being part of a school review is always a great experience as we learn so much. I have seen my personal and professional growth after this.
I joined the Adhyayan Assessor Programme in November 2016. The Assessor Programme reviews schools and considers how they are following the Adhyayan standard of quality education. The review is conducted by two teams. One team is internal and includes school management and teachers and the other team is an external team which generally consists of three or four team members. The school review looks at every aspect of a school’s facilities, infrastructure, services, academic activity, extra activities, co-curricular activities, community involvement, parental involvement, health and hygiene.
All data collected by assessors has to be evidence based. It generally takes two to three days depending on the school. The first day is collecting data and evidence for the data and feeding this into software to generate a report. This seems easy but actually it is not! When we input data we should have strong evidence, and for each piece of evidence we should have strong data to justify what rating we should give a particular aspect of the school. The next day is a dialogue and action planning day. We share our report with the school’s internal review team and share an action plan for the upcoming four to six months.
I like the Adhyayan review process because it is very simple and very easy to understand. I really like their approach and what they see as ‘quality education’ – for example, students going on educational trips, teachers being supported by school management, children being supported by their teachers.
As well as this, all Adhyayan team members are great! They are very supportive and work as a team. You don’t feel at any time that you are out of place or you are not adding value. I think more Hunar Ghar team members should get involved and everyone should participate as part of an external review team at least once. It is a great learning opportunity, where you learn what quality education at school should look like and get ideas to bring back to Hunar Ghar to improve how we do things. I have confidence that Hunar Ghar has a very high standard with regard to all that we assess as part of the Adhyayan school review programme. We are making good progress towards achieving our vision of the best quality school possible!
You can read more about Imrana’s experiences on page four of the Adhyayan Standard along with an interview with Ed about why he has encouraged Hunar Ghar team members to become Adhyayan Assessors.
Hunar Ghar underwent a whole school self review in 2015 and will be undergoing another self review in August this year.