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How is a school review conducted? ​​​

Prior to the review, the school receives the self-evaluation form (SEF) and the Directorate provides training for the schools’ Principals on how to fill the form. The findings of the self-evaluation and the parents’ electronic questionnaires (PQs) assist the DP​S in drawing up the Pre-Review Brief (PRB), which includes an analysis of the strengths and challenges in the school and help planning the review. This PRB document is a guide for the review.
The review normally takes place over a three-day period, as a team from the DPS visits the school.
During the review, activities include lesson observations, analysis of the school documents, scrutiny of students’ work and interviews with school’s staff, students and parents. Daily feedback is provided to the school Principal. At the end of the review, the Principal is given the final oral feedback and judgements.
Following the review, a report is produced, which highlights the main findings, the judgements and the recommendations. The judgements are awarded on a four-point scale ; 1(Outstanding), 2(Good), 3(Satisfactory) and 4(Inadequate). The Principal has an opportunity to comment on the factual information in the report before it is finalised. Once the report is final, the school must provide a post-review action plan. The action plan should set out clearly how the school intends to address the areas for improvement identified in the report.
Review grades are awarded based on a four-point scale:
Grade
Interpretation
Outstanding (1)
This judgement is awarded if the quality of the practices of all or the vast majority of those related to the criteria is diverse and highly productive. Performance and initiatives taken are exceptional and significantly exceed expectations. This judgement largely reflects improvement and development and the school can be considered a role model to be followed.
Good (2)
This judgement is awarded if the quality of the practices of most of those related to the criteria is diverse and productive. Performance is  effective and initiatives are  ongoing and  sometimes exceed expectations. This judgement largely reflects improvement and development.
Satisfactory (3)
This judgement is awarded if the quality of the practices of the majority of those related to the criteria are at an acceptable level and performance and initiatives at the expected level. This judgement reflects some improvement and development.
Inadequate (4)
This judgement is awarded if the quality of the majority of the practices of those related to the criteria is at an inappropriate level, and the school’s performance is at a level less than expected. This judgement does not reflect any realistic expectation of improvement.