Education Quality Audit
Education for a Better World
The Hearth’s education quality audit is a participative process that analyses a school or university and guides the further development of the institution.
We use online survey tools to get anonymised and confidential views of stakeholders of the institution (faculty, staff, parents, students, alumni, governors, etc.). These surveys are customised for an institution but are based on a set of validated and piloted questions that allow us to benchmark responses against a basket of institutions.
Further, the Hearth’s team will visit the institution as part of an on-site assessment and information gathering process. The duration of this visit may vary. The assessment is based on standards that the Hearth has developed, which reflect best practices at appropriately comparable institutions.
School Education Audit
The Hearth conducts a School Education Audit that provides a detailed analysis of the present situation at a school and serves to guide the further development of the institution. The process is participative, with the Hearth’s team interviewing the governors, leadership and senior management of the school, along with students, staff, parents and (if required) the wider community.
The school education audit follows a two-stage process. The first stage involves an online survey and secondary research that allows Hearth’s audit team to gain a broad overview of the school’s recent performance and how this may have changed since the last audit (if one has previously taken place). The team uses all available evidence to develop an initial picture of the school’s academic and broader performance. The second stage is a detailed on-site audit visit.
University Quality Audit
The Hearth has a team that specialises in operational review and improvement of higher education institutions. It uses secondary data, site visits, and interviews and observations, and analysis of documentation to deliver an education audit report that identifies an institution’s strength and weakness, areas of concern and how to develop, fix and improve the institution.
The Hearth will, among other things:
- Discuss research agendas and the academic vision of the university and its faculty.
- Evaluate instructional practices to determine whether the current methods are meeting student, market and community demands.
- Establish accountability measures and academic standards based on the latest international research for the promotion of student achievement.
- Evaluate the management of resources. Examine that available sources of funding are utilised. Evaluate that revenues are used for the research outcomes, needs of the student and the goals of the institution.