The Education Audit provides a detailed analysis of the present situation at a school, and serves to guide the further development of the institution.
The Hearth Education Advisors 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 standard 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. (Bespoke education audit designs are also available).
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. The questionnaire is based on the K-12 Survey Framework of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has been customised by the Hearth through extensive piloting and modification.
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.
School Improvement Plan
The Hearth reviews and studies the information about the school that has been collected and prepares recommendations (including a detailed action plan) for development of the school. This The audit report is the basis for a School Improvement Plan, which addresses the following questions:
- Where is the school now?
- Do changes need to be made and what are these?
- What will be the process for management and funding of these changes?
- What will be the evidence of impact of these changes on the school?
The School Improvement Plan is closely and clearly linked to the budget. A key feature of successful development planning is to evaluate the impact of the previous plan on the school, particularly regarding standards, before starting the next year’s development plan. The education audit report identifies an institution’s strength and weakness, areas of concern and how to develop, fix and improve the institution.