School Education Audit
The Hearth conducts an 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 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.
Online Survey and Secondary Research
The Hearth conducts an Online Survey of various stakeholders of the school community (teachers, parents, students, alumni, governors, etc.) that serves to benchmark responses against a basket of schools and has questions customised for a school.
Further, the Hearth sends the school a set of questionnaires and a request for information, to conduct Secondary Research on the school and its background.
On-site Audit Visit
The Hearth carries out extensive discussions with stakeholders as part of the On-site Audit Visit. The duration of this visit may vary. This is an inspection-based education audit at the school, based on standards that the Hearth has developed, and which reflect best practices at appropriately comparable schools.
The Audit Team observes classes, visits and studies the school infrastructure, inspects and examines the processes and procedures and has structured focus group meetings with Governors (Management Committee), Head of School (Principal), Senior Management Team of the School, Teachers, Select Administrative Staff, Sampling of Parents and students.
The School Education Audit report identifies an institution’s strength and weakness, areas of concern and how to develop, fix and improve the institution.