DimensionsThe Learning Quality Standard has four dimensions which follow the well known quality improvement cycle and each of the Principles fall into one of these dimensions.
PrinciplesThe Learning Quality Standard has twelve Principles of learning that are concerned with different aspects of a school’s culture. These include the school’s vision for education, its beliefs about learning, how leaders lead learning, how classroom practice, assessment and the curriculum are best designed to build learning habits, how staff are best enabled to adjust their practice, and how the school itself acts on its own learning.
Statements of practice (indicators)Each principle is described through Indicators, or statements of practice. These show how the principles are enacted in practice. And since the whole point of the standard is to describe a learning journey, the statements of practice are related to four stages of development; coherent staging points on the journey where you might take time to reflect and prepare for the next stage.
Stages of DevelopmentStarting out on the journey (Bronze) – At this stage the school is actively casting around for and trying out ideas, building a culture of experimentation, self-reliance and learning rather than dependency and performance. Developing (Silver) – By this stage the school is using its learning from enquiry to create its best-fit learning strategy and is harnessing professional development to ensure outstanding learning through outstanding teaching. It’s bringing its learning philosophy to life. Establishing (Gold) – Here the learning driven approaches to pedagogy, professional development, student engagement, assessment and curriculum design are deeply embedded in the school’s culture, not reliant on a few leaders or champions, and becoming world class. Enhancing (Platinum) – The school is operating as a learning organisation where all its people, staff and students alike, expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire and engage with other organisations to create wider cultures of learning.
What the Standard looks like.
- One of the four dimensions
- One of the twelve principles
- An explanation of a string or thread of indicators
- One of the thirty-three indicators across bronze, silver and gold levels.
- Suggestions for platinum level action for each principle