“We need to find a better balance between what is good for the child, the group and the teacher”

Schools that wish to avoid an unsatisfactory assessment by the inspection body can appeal the Goed Worden Goed Blijven plus support programme. How do schools test this and what are the benefits? Conversation with Home Superintendent Irene Nellis and School Leader Thijmen Krikke from OBS ‘t Swannestee in Languwer.

“We stood out well in objective examination of appropriate education by the Inspectorate, audits were good yet returns remained below indication value,” Nellis began. “So we decided to subscribe to Good Worden Good Stay plus to get to the table where the shoe pinches. Someone with a fresh perspective from the outside watching us for a while longer.”

“I didn’t feel like that was a threat to colleagues either,” Kreki adds. The quality assurance, care structure and teaching work were all right, but we still didn’t get the results we wanted. Colleagues also wondered why this happened and were equally curious about the results.”

“Together with Annie Menema (consultant Goed Worden Goed Blijven) we visited the collections five times, in addition to training the team,” adds Nellis. “But the reflection conversations were especially valuable. It’s not about what isn’t going well, but more focus on what is going well and why you do things the way you do.”

“For some it was very exciting at first. It was uncomfortable when Annie, Tegmen, and I were sitting at the back of your class. But as the school year progressed, it became more common. The realization came that it was not about passing judgment, but about being curious, and above all Thing, continue to evolve together.”

Finding balance

“Big idea? We are a small village school, and so we tend to provide a suitable place for all children. This often works, but sometimes you wonder if it is all really possible. Some children put a great strain on the teacher’s time and energy, sometimes at the expense of effective learning of other students.

Krikke: “The focus has been more on low-achieving children rather than those performing above average. If one of our six students performs poorly, we will not reach our signal value of 1F. You also need more gifted children to generate your revenue.”

“We had to find a better balance between what’s good for the child, what’s good for the group and what’s good for the teacher. Annie dared to ask us these questions and show where that balance is?” Adds Nellis.

The added value of the consultant

“The added value is also a little awareness and enriching my own knowledge. As an IB student, you don’t go to class with an expert. I look more at student welfare, interaction, training perspective and Thijmen from a quality assurance perspective. When you spend a year with an expert, you learn that You look differently. How do you deal with this to achieve the desired development?”

For example, by using a different instructional model. With the same goal for all students without setting lower requirements. They move from direct instruction to deepening, enrichment, or additional work. The last twenty percent on target can work together on the instruction table. In this way, students walk in their own learning path and they also need separate instructions for that. We’ve learned to take a critical look at the way we’ve organized our education, and that’s where the eye-openers come in.”

Krikke replies, “We’ve had mentoring for a year, but we’re not there yet.” “You can also get new teammates who are not familiar with the EDI (Explicit Management Instruction) model and start with it now. How does the model work, what makes it so effective and how do we translate it into our own practice? You also have to take two to three years for this with “The team and we’re in the middle of that now. Annie has now confidently handed it over to Erin. I’ve prepared for this very well, team meetings for next year have already been planned and another school within Ambion will be joining in on this as well.”

Open and fair process

When the inspector learned that we had progressed during an inspection visit in 2019, he noted that it would be a difficult process. This is not the method we tested. It was an open and fair process. Expectations were expressed back and forth, the plan was put together and then just in time. We have received useful advice, with good guidance and the confidence to carry it on ourselves.”

“The only thing that was disappointing was that sometimes it was difficult to plan,” adds Nellis. “Annie was here on Thursday, and part of the teaching team was off duty. We’re recording it now via Teams, so everyone can watch it again. We also see this happening a lot, and teachers get inspired and work with it.”

What would I recommend to questionable schools? Enter it positively because it is good for someone to watch. If you cannot achieve the desired results, you will have to arrange your own notes. When someone from outside comes to have a look for a day or two, it is often from It’s hard to put a finger on the sore spot. Annie went through our entire foundation and figured out why that last part wasn’t right. In fact, I wish that on everyone. Holding up the mirror is so pretty.”

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