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Providing Quality Assurance Assessment to Riyadh Schools

As part of Riyadh Schools’ aspiration to become an internationally benchmarked outstanding school, and to promote outstanding learning outcomes to their developing school network, senior leaders sought a robust Quality Assurance Assessment of its seven settings.

Deepening understanding of inspection processes

As a pre-cursor to the school assessments, Etio ran a 4-day Inspection Skills Training course for senior leaders to develop their understanding and knowledge of inspection processes and maximise the benefit from the assessments.

For the assessments, Etio's team of experienced senior reviewers, with expertise in school improvement, evaluation policy, training development and delivery, firstly developed an assessment framework matched to critical international standards for school development. 

Over 5 days, each school assessment was led by a Lead Reviewer with each team including 7 team members, 3 of which were Arabic speaking. One senior leader from Riyadh Schools joined the team. School judgements were triangulated using a wide range of evidence.

Increased capacity and a blueprint for future evaluations

The final report provided actionable insights into overall performance; areas for improvement; subject-specific evaluations; and evaluations against each performance standard. The report acted as a benchmark for performance, with the process itself acting as a blueprint for efficient and effective future school evaluations across the network.

Riyadh Schools’ capacity to perform ongoing internal quality assurance was increased due to senior leaders’ participation in the pre-assessment training, and the bespoke tools that were developed to support the process.

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