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Aug 13, 2015

School Improvement Planning Workshop Held Countrywide

Since last week, a school improvement planning workshop has been ongoing across the country. It is the continuation of a Quality Child Friendly Schools Initiative that was piloted back in 2010. Adjustments were made to the process and now the program is being rolled out to primary schools across the country. Fifty-four primary school principals, vice principals, teachers and school managers have been taking part in the workshop and implementation is expected within the next five years. It’s really all about assessing the quality of education that the youth, who pass through the education system, are doing.  Doctor Neulin Villanueva is coordinating the workshop here in the city.


Dr. Neulin Villanueva, Researcher/Planner, Policy & Planning Unit, MoE

“We are looking at seven key areas which include student achievement and development, teacher competence and commitment, the quality and relevance of the curriculum of the schools; we are looking at responsible leadership and management; safe and supportive learning environment and also we are looking at meaningful community engagements. So schools will be looking at themselves in all these areas; looking at their data and analyzing where they stand in terms of the quality standards that we’ve set and after that assessment, will develop school improvement plans that will be implemented and monitored over the next few years.”


Duane Moody

“How have these schools been faring off? Looking at what they have in place and meeting these standards, are the schools up to par?”


Neulin Villanueva

Dr. Neulin Villanueva

“Well honestly, all schools have weaknesses, some more than other. But it is about taking an honest look at where they are so that they know where they need to be and there are a lot of guidelines that we’ve developed to help schools comply with the education regulations. So the regulations on their school environment and what is a competent teacher and roles and responsibilities of leadership. So schools will be forced to examine all of these aspects of schooling and then select areas where they are weak in to develop themselves over time. All the teachers along with the principals and vice principals get to examine their data as to how they performed on BJAT and P.S.E. over the last five years to see what their level of performance has been and also to examine their policies and practices that might be contributing to the results that they are seeing. So it is a whole-school approach and the hope is that once you work with the whole school, when they go back to the school setting that that is something that is embedded in the culture of the school.”

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