KPA Poll outcome at InspirED, Mumbai

BySwati Gupta
Researcher, Adhyayan

What constitutes ‘QUALITY EDUCATION’? – Opinion poll by Adhyayan

Adhyayan was really excited to be a part of the InspirED January Conference in Mumbai and the opportunity to interact with practitioners and thinkers in the field of education throughout its vibrant two day programme.

InspireED, Mumbai was buzzing with the exchange of ideas, innovative practices, policy debates and thought provoking activities. We were delighted to interact and exchange ideas with the delegates, especially at the Adhyayan stall. Our  KPA Wheel was a real hit.

What is the Adhyayan KPA Wheel all about?

Adhyayan has created a diagnostic tool for assessing the quality of education provided by schools, founded on internationally acclaimed best practices within school systems. The Key Performance Area (KPA) Wheel we displayed at the conference provides a quick glance at the six KPAs which make up the Adhyayan Self-review diagnostic. The six KPAs are Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning, The Child, The Curriculum, Community and Partnerships and Infrastructure and Resources.

The diagnostic provides schools with a framework for their self review team to review their own school and support its external validation by the adhyayan assessor team. Its  162 guidance statements of what good looks helps the school to make expert judgements of their effectiveness which it can then compare with the external teams assessment. At the end of the review, the school is awarded ‘The Adhyayan Standard of Educational Excellence’ which is a robust, internationally credible quality standard.

Here is what the delegates had to say about what they thought was important in the KPA wheel:

On both the days, the ‘quality of learning’ was rated by delegates as the most important factor for determining the quality of school education). Interestingly, ‘student’s voice’ and ‘extending student’s learning’ were also seen as significant. Most participants believed that the extent of ‘child-centred’ approaches that the school adopts, impacts significantly on the quality of education provided by the school. Many others rated ‘effective use of resources’, ‘classroom environment’, ‘effectiveness and efficiency’ and ‘school parent relationship’ as important.

 What good ‘quality of learning’ looks like? 

  • Students of mixed ability are working together in the classroom
  • All students are equally involved in their learning
  • Students are able to relate to the subject matter being taught
  • The subject matter reflects student’s beliefs in equality
  • Marking by teachers help students understand how they can improve their work 

The six KPAs are Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning, The Child, The Curriculum, Community and Partnerships and Infrastructure and Resources. (put these earlier in the article

Who are we @ Adhyayan?

Adhyayan is an education movement of Indian and international educationists, dedicated to improving the quality of leadership and learning in schools. We work alongside schools to assist them in transforming the quality of schooling and learning opportunities of all their students by embedding internationally accepted approaches and practices contextualised for India.

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