How to use this exemplar to improve practice
The exemplar provides a focus and structure for involving parents, pupils and stakeholders in improvement planning through self-evaluation.
The matrix and framework approach provides an overview of the school's strengths and areas for development from multiple perspectives. The findings can then be considered for the school's improvement plan and as a means to:
- Gather data on the school's performance
- Improve outcomes for children through building relationships with parents, pupils and stakeholders
- Measure the impact of the school
- Improve parental involvement and engagement in their child's learning
- What are the school's values, aims and vision?
- What development aims (skills, aptitudes and attitudes) do you hope pupils will have achieved by the time they have finished their primary school education?
- Does your approach to gathering and using parental feedback and data provide the necessary information to inform the improvement plan and help improve outcomes for pupils?
- Can the data be triangulated from multiple stakeholder groups?
- How can you best engage stakeholders in your improvement planning process?
What was done?
A survey was pre-loaded onto school iPads. Parents were asked to complete four survey questions while waiting for their appointment with their child's teacher. Pupil monitors were available to help with any IT issues.
Discussions took place with staff about the development aims (skills, aptitudes and attitudes) for pupils by the end of their primary education. Ideas were discussed and areas of cross-over identified. Potentially problematic areas or targeting challenges were identified. Barriers to taking forward the development aims were identified along with tasks and milestones to achieve these. Driver diagrams were used alongside areas of strength to inform the school improvement plan.
The findings of the parent survey along with discussions with staff, pupils and stakeholders helped identify the school's strengths and areas for development. Target areas were then identified for the school improvement plan.
Matrix completed with staff
Example of matrix structured parent feedback via Survey Monkey.
Driver diagrams developed with data from the matrix feedback.
Involving parents, pupils, staff and stakeholders in improvement planning is key to raising attainment.
As an educator it is a natural process to continually reflect on practice and look for ways to improve processes, build relationships and develop but maintain partnerships. Previous approaches to parental questionnaires had not provided sufficient information to inform the improvement plan.
Taking a matrix approach to improvement planning allowed for a wider and greater amount of parental and community engagement.
What was the impact?
The school was able to evidence:
- an increase in parental involvement and engagement in improvement planning
- increased parental voice and representation on improvement planning
- clarity in school improvement targets with identifiable aims and measures
- improvement planning that was meaningful to all stakeholders.