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Framþróun og umbætur í kjölfar ytra mats í leikskólum
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 30 Nov 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

School inspections or external evaluation has a long history in almost all European countries and Reykjavik City Department of Education and Youth (DEY) already made use of the experience of other countries in developing external evaluation of schools. Other Icelandic municipalities have looked to DEY for examples and experience. It is therefore important that the external evaluation teams of DEY are active in examining the criteria and procedures in external evaluation of other countries, see how countries that have longer experience of external evaluation have solved specific problems and how schools can use external evaluation as basis for reform and increased quality of work. In this project, the objective is to see how staff of external evaluation can better support schools with reforms and improved quality of teaching and how external evaluation can be the basis for innovation and development of teaching methods.Follow-up of external evaluation and utilization of the results is a task that many countries struggle with and considering the number of staff working within inspections and evaluations, it is of high importance that the work improves the quality of work with children. The course on Appreciative Inquiry, strength-based approach to implement positive change, which is also part of this project, directly supports this objective. Participants in the project are the persons responsible for both the external evaluation work and policy making in the field and therefore directly use the knowledge and the experience gained. These are pre-school advisors on the external evaluation team and evaluators responsible for reporting and communication with school management. In September 2016, the Inspection offices in Scotland and Northern Ireland will be visited (Education Scotland and The Education and Training Inspectorate). During the visits there will be introductions on objectives, methods and effective projects as well as job shadowing. One pre-school advisor and human resource consultant will participate in a course on strength-based approach to positive change in Greece in autumn 2016 so the total number is 7 participants.Participants are in a key position to use and share expertise widely where it is needed; within the workplace in the form of changed methods and more focused policies; by improved advice to school management on school improvements and to colleges responsible for external school evaluation outside Reykjavik.The effect of the project will hopefully be significant; short term effects are foreseen to be better evaluation procedures and more effective guidance to pre-school managers on school reforms. In the long-term the hope is that pre-school reform and innovation work will be continuous, based on specific needs and leading to increased quality of work.By participating in this project our expectations are that all participants move closer to the goal of better supporting development and improved quality in pre-schools. That ensures the best possible service for parents and children who are the focus of work in the pre-schools.
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