Instructional Evaluation Policy
In order to ensure that quality education for maximum student achievement takes place, it is necessary to monitor, access and evaluate the instructional programme of the school. After all, the students are our primary customers and providing quality experiences and teaching for them is the principal business of teachers and the school. One of the best ways of ensuring that this is done is to monitor and evaluate what is being done in the classroom and school level. In this respect, the following guidelines will be used to assist in providing a level of accountability of what transpires in the school’s instructional programme.
- The primary focus of all programme will be optimal student achievement.
- Lessons must be planned to ensure that the best teaching practices are utilized. Always strive for students’ mastery of skills and concepts.
- Schemes of work will be submitted weekly by all teachers as verification of serious consideration of their practice. Every teacher should be assessed at least twice a term.
- Teachers will be expected to do periodic personal reflections and assessments of their practice.
- The principal (or other designated person (s) will visit classes to assess lessons being taught as often as possible.
- Sessions will be held soon after an assessment to discuss pertinent issues such as strengths, high points or improvements that can be made (if necessary).
- It must be noted that the purpose of the class visits is primarily to help build teacher’s capacity and to ensure maximum student learning and not to find faults, intimidate or embarrass teachers.
- The principal will also use ‘walk through’ (brief visits to classes to observe what is happening). This technique will help to provide information on what areas need to be focused on, what is working well and how we can improve our school practices.
- Care should be taken to ensure that instructional time is utilized wisely as every second counts. Students should always be gainfully engaged.
- Teachers can and should ask for assistance where this necessary. They can also request that the principal assess any particular areas of concern or interest they may have e.g. assessing a particular technique that teacher has developed or an area of weakness, etc.
- Teachers should meet every week to plan instructions and activities for the grade level.
- Plans for co-curricular activities should be submitted by each teacher. In the event that a teacher is absent, arrangement should be made for the group concerned.