Useful checklist for parents.
What Makes a Good School?
« A clear focus on learning and achievement.
All learning time is used for learning. Classrooms are calm, and students are attentive.
Lessons start on time, and there are no interruptions.
« High expectations of every student to achieve.
Students make progress. They have many opportunities to perform well and to take responsibility in different ways.
« Students enjoy learning. They feel challenged, and confident.
« Learning resources are engaging, and match students' learning needs.
Where information technology is used, it develops new skills and understandings.
« Students get clear, quick, and useful feedback on their work, including homework.
« Teachers, students, and parents respect and support one another.
« There is good communication between teachers and parents.
Parents have a clear picture of their child's progress. Parents take part in their children's learning, e.g. through monitoring homework.
« Teachers, students, and parents believe in the value of education.
« Teachers, students, and parents have shared understandings of what the school is about, have a common purpose, and a sense of community.
« The school is welcoming to students and parents
« The school is a pleasant place to work for students and teachers.
« The school is a safe place. There is little bullying.
Students help develop fair codes of conduct for themselves.
Discipline is maintained by an emphasis on "belonging and participating".
« Students are praised for their achievements, including attendance and behaviour.
Cathy Wylie, NZCER 1999