Two weeks ago our school was visited by the Education Standards Board (ESB) for a scheduled site review as part of our renewal of our school registration.
It is an ongoing obligation of all registered schools to meet the Education Standards which are outlined in the Education and Early Childhood Services Act 2011. A school’s registration must be reviewed at least once every five years. There are two types of registration reviews in South Australia: one process is a self review and verification process which the majority of schools participate in and the other review process is a validation review. The validation review (which is what we have just participated in) requires a representative sample of established schools randomly selected each year to participate in a more thorough process conducted by the ESB.
As part of the validation review, schools need to submit evidence against the three Education Standards and twenty six criteria. In addition to submitting evidence the school participates in a school visit.
Comprehensive documentation was submitted as evidence that we are meeting the Education Standards and was cross referenced to the Standards and criteria. The ESB members met with myself and the leadership team and talked to us about the Student Learning and Assessment program offered at our school, processes in place regarding Student Safety, Health and Welfare and School Governance.
A great deal of preparatory work was involved prior to the visit and I would like to thank Susan Harris Evans, Pippa Milroy and the rest of the staff for their hard work and assisting in making it such a successful visit. We received very positive feedback on the day and the ESB members will now make a recommendation to the Education Standards Board to re-register our school for another five years and then a written report of their visit will be forwarded to the school.
It was our opportunity to showcase all that we do in our school and at the end of the visit I was told that what we offer is impressive and we should feel very proud.