Tara Pattana International School has started the process of one of the most rigorous and rewarding international accreditation processes. This is not simply a ‘test’ where we pass or fail, but a thorough and impartial review and improvement of our school. The process is continuous with regular three year visits to extend the accreditation for a further three years.
Education Development Trust or its former name CfBT https://www.educationdevelopmenttrust.com/en-GB has a well-established history of accrediting international schools in Thailand and is expanding this through South East Asia to the rest of the world. EDT have a particular expertise in the evaluation of school quality.
Accreditation with EDT shows that our school demonstrates high standards of student achievement with an effective curriculum, good use of resources, a successful leadership team and strong partnerships with parents.
Leading to the EDT International Schools Quality Mark (ISQM), accreditation demonstrates the quality of our education provision to parents, students and others – signifying our commitment to the highest standards. One benefit of TPIS working with EDT in order to attain the EDT International Schools Quality Mark is that our partnership approach ensures we have continued advice and support every step of the way towards improvement.
To receive the EDT International Schools Quality Mark our school must be judged as effective in delivering an education in keeping with its stated aims in relation to the following areas:
- Student achievement and progress
- Student personal development
- Teaching and learning
- The curriculum
- Support and guidance for students
- Partnerships with parents and the community
- Leadership and management
The process of first time accreditation involves four main steps:
Step 1: Preliminary Screen
The school first completes registration papers which are reviewed by the Accreditation Board, and is visited prior to acceptance, as part of the application process for accreditation candidacy. We have successfully completed this.
Step 2: Initial Visit
Once a school has been accepted as a candidate for accreditation, an Assigned Consultant is allocated, who will make an initial visit to establish a good working relationship with the Head of School (the identified Lead Evaluator) and other key staff. This visit will verify the outcome of the preliminary screening and the Assigned Consultant will explain and discuss the accreditation process in full. The initial visit will take place on May 30 – 31, 2016.
On completion of the visit the Assigned Consultant submits a short report to the EDT Accreditation Board.
Step 3: School Self-Review
The school conducts a self-review with regular support and advice from the Assigned Consultant over an agreed period of two years.
Step 3 concludes when the Assigned Consultant signs off the self-review, which indicates an expectation that our school is ready to be accredited.
Step 4: Final Verification Visit
Two or more consultant inspectors will visit our school for three days to explore and verify the self-review and feedback to our management team on any emerging issues.
The visit includes:
- Interviews with the Director, Head of School and other key staff
- Lesson observation and sampling of students’ work
- Interviews with students and parents
A written report is presented to the school reflecting the feedback given to the management team. This confirms the results of the accreditation visit and informs our school of the EDT Accreditation Board’s decision.
If the school meets the standards of accreditation required by EDT, the International Schools Quality Mark is given for three years during which the school can display the certificate of accreditation on the school premises and use the accreditation logo on school publications.
The awarding of the EDT International Schools Quality Mark represents a significant achievement as it is tangible evidence of a school’s high quality educational provision for students.