Presentation on theme: "The ABACUS a qualitative approach to self-evaluation Designed by John Pearce working in Westfield School Sheffield March 2006 Updated with SEF Criteria."— Presentation transcript:
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PLAN RE PLAN DO REVIEW DO I M P A C T ? EVIDENCE? The ABACUS is a simple tool to aid the self-evaluation (action research) process….
The next slides concentrate on using the ABACUS on whole school provision using Oftsed criteria. However, the ABACUS may be used with other clear criteria and has been used successfully, as a planning tool using: head teacher standards, student achievement levels, behaviour issues and personal objectives in Life Coaching. In a leadership role the ABACUS may be used to explore where you and school, or department/area want to be (right hand box) and how to get there… A key issue therefore is for colleagues to be precise about current performance and future expectations… being good or better are not criteria. “All students feel safe”, “Increasing Level 5s to 90%” and “increasing out of hours activities” are criteria. When leaders work hard at identifying precise and relevant success criteria, all else follows… Notes
The SEF (Self Evaluation Form) tests the capacity of school leaders to make judgements about provision and then identify action to progress… Typically, evidence is studied first, in order to form a judgement in each area. However, the ABACUS encourages teachers and leaders to trust their professional judgement, start with it and then look for evidence to prove it!
THE ABACUS PROCESS ENCOURAGES YOU TO: 1. Make your judgement 2. Justify, or modify your judgement, the light of evidence and the judgement of others. 3. (Most important of all), identify the appropriate action to get you … Where are you now? Where do you want to be?
Helping factors? Hindering factors? What I have done has made me what I am What I will do will make me what I will be Weaken the hindering forces Strengthen the helping forces Where are we now? Where do we want to be?
Force field planning…. (based on Kurt Lewin 1948) CURRENT HELPSHINDERS FUTURE Success Criteria helps hinders/barrier Identify what helps and hinders in your CURRENT situation, locking you to where you are. Now, weaken the hindering forces and strengthen the helping forces. You will then move closer to your success criteria… The ABACUS planning sheet allows you to create detailed, prioritised plans…. (separate handout) See ABACUS Planning Sheet to aid this process