School Audits and Advising
What can a school audit do for us?
Are you wondering what your school is getting right and where you could improve your approaches to languages and diversity but not sure how to get started on reviewing your provisions and approaches? Our whole-school audit has been designed specifically to help schools take a critical look at their provisions and use the results to create a development plan.
A school audit will provide a critical look at all the language provisions in your school, on three levels: organisation, curriculum and pedagogy.
The audit takes into account multiple perspectives, from administration, staff and students. All of the data is gathered and analysed, to produce a report with recommendations for short, medium, and long-term modifications your school can make to maximise language learning in all areas, and provide targeted support for your staff and all your students.
What is involved in a school audit?
A full-school audit can take from 1-4 days, depending on the size and complexity of the school. Much of this work can be done remotely.
It involves the following four steps:
Specialised Support for Immersion and Bilingual Schools
Are you an immersion or bilingual school looking for support in programme development, professional development or parent support? CEC has extensive experience in the field of immersion/bilingual education, and can help your school get to the next level.
CEC believes that good professional development is not always a one-off event. Too often, staff are left enthusiastic but thinking 'But now what?' after the session ends. School coaching can help staff move from acquiring new knowledge to confident implementation. The coaching process moves through four phases:
Whole-school collaboration for language development
Given the linguistically diverse nature of most international schools, language development needs to sit at the centre of the curriculum. Simply saying that Every teacher is a language teacher does not make it happen in practice!
We know from research that providing students with systematic and explicit information about language is a necessary part of helping them develop academic competency in English. This is the case for all students, not only for language learners. CEC has developed a clear framework for building language across the curriculum for primary and secondary schools. The framework and supporting documents, alongside CPD from the Every teacher is a language teacher series, helps schools develop clear horizontal and vertical trajectories for language development across the school.
Developing a fully language-integrated curriculum and pedagogy is a longitudinal process, and CEC provides on-going support via email and Skype for all school leaders and project groups.