The Adhyayan Way

Every School Achieving Quality The Adhyayan Way…

The Adhyayan way describes how we assist schools and networks in realising their visions by focusing on the two most critical levers of transformation: quality and leadership.

Adhyayan, a sanskrit word, translates as ‘rigorous study’, one that internalises the meaning of a text and effects a transformation in the reader.

Through Adhyayan we strengthen the shared leadership of schools that are committed to knowing themselves.
Adhyayan, or self-review, is a means of creating rich learning communities in which students achieve the highest possible performance in learning and life.

The Adhyayan Way is the way of self-realisation

Adhyayan Values

Pronunciation: /ˈpaʃ(ə)n/
[mass noun] strong and barely controllable emotion and enthusiasm
We work with passion, dedication and infectious enthusiasm

Critical Reflection
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪtɪk(ə)l/ /rɪˈflɛkʃ(ə)n/
[adjective] involving the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement:
[mass noun] serious thought or consideration
We critically assess the unique challenges and strengths of your school or network.

Balanced Disposition
Pronunciation: /ˈbalənst/ /dɪspəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/
[adjective] taking everything into account; fairly judged or presented: accurate and balanced information
We balance the serious nature of our work on school improvement with good-humoured positivity

Honesty & Transparency
Pronunciation: /ˈɒnɪsti/ /ənd /tranˈspar(ə)nsi
[noun][mass noun] the quality of being honest
[mass noun] the condition of being transparent
Honesty and transparency underpin our commitment to promote a climate of trust and open communications

Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪəlɒg/
[verb] take part in a conversation or discussion to resolve a problem
Dialogue is the key to our collaboration with you for implementing your ideas

Leadership & Direction
Pronunciation: /ˈliːdəʃɪp/ /ənd /dɪˈrɛkʃ(ə)n
Noun [mass noun] the action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this: different styles of leadership
[Noun] a general way in which someone or something is developing; a trend or tendency
We promise to use our experience to support strong leadership in your school or network

New Perspective
Pronunciation: /njuː/ /pəˈspɛktɪv/
[adjective] produced, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time; not existing before:
[noun] a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.
We strive to give you a fresh pair of eyes to evaluate your own school.

Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpakt/ /ˈɔːrɪɛnt, ˈɒr-/
[verb] (impact on) have a strong effect on someone or something:
[verb] tailor or adapt (something) to specified circumstances
We believe that actions speak louder than words. We meet ambitious deadlines and targets.

High Quality Outcomes
Pronunciation: /hʌɪ/ /ˈkwɒlɪti/ /ˈaʊtkʌm/
[adjective] extending above the normal level
[noun] (plural qualities) [mass noun] the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something
[noun] the way a thing turns out; a consequence
We are committed to high quality outcomes for all schools: we believe all children have the right to quality education.


The Adhyayan Way describes how we assist schools and networks in realising their visions by focusing on two critical levers of transformation: Quality & Leadership.

Adhyayan’s School Self-Review and Evaluation Diagnostic (SSRE), designed by Roy Blatchford and Spokey Wheeler, defines our approach to school improvement. It is informed by internationally recognised standards of schooling, and is rooted in years of experience of conducting over 1,000 school audits globally. The diagnostic guides school communities in undertaking their own structured reviews so that they can evaluate their current effectiveness against international best practice.

The SSRE process enables accurate judgments about school’s performance in six Key Performance Areas (KPAs) of school operation:

  • Leadership and Management,
  • Teaching and Learning,
  • The Child,
  • The Curriculum,
  • Community and Partnerships,
  • Infrastructure and Resources.

The Adhyayan Quality Standard and School Self-Review Model

Adhyayan School Self-Review and Evaluation: is a structured practical reflection by the school community, based on the Adhyayan Quality Standard.

Adhyayan’s training on the diagnostic enables the Principal and senior team to confidently identify their school’s current performance successes and where they need to improve.

The Choice of Standard: is decided by the school or its network. The decision whether to be externally assessed at International, National, State or Local levels is based on the schools’ context and resource base.

The Adhyayan External Evaluation: is undertaken by skilled, trained assessors using the same diagnostic to validate the self-review and benchmark the school’s or network’s success against the Adhyayan International Quality Standard. The external evaluation provides the evidence for Adhyayan to award either the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Star Standard.

The Adhyayan Quality Dialogue: takes place between the school’s review team and their assessor(s). It focuses on the similarities and differences between the self and external reviews. It is an invaluable learning opportunity for the school leaders and is the soul of the SSRE process.

The School’s Action Plan: enables the school to celebrate its successes and focus on the areas for development highlighted during the review. It also creates a shared route map for action across the six key performance areas.