Many of you in the school will remember the 7th November quite clearly. It is certainly a date etched into the minds of the staff at EC Oxford. It is the day we had 2 inspectors from the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) visit the school for a day to check the quality of our school, the teachers and the management.
ISI are an external organisation who visit language school in the UK to monitor quality. After an inspection, they issue a formal report which is posted on their website and can be accessed by anyone who wants to find out more about a school they would like to study at.
On the 7th November, the two inspectors interviewed myself, Laurice, Rob and Laura to find out what we do and to see if we can do it better. They also visited most of the lessons and sat at the back of the classroom for 15 – 20 minutes observing the teachers to check the quality of the teaching. At lunchtime, one inspector interviewed a group of students and the other inspector interviewed the teachers so they could get a better picture of what it is like to study here or work for EC.
Two weeks later we received the formal report from the inspectors and in the words of our Director of Operations, Michelle Falzon, ‘we smashed it!’ In English this means we did extremely well!
Some of the inspector’s comments were:
‘The quality of the curriculum, teaching and learners’ achievements is excellent’.
‘Teaching is excellent. Teachers are experienced, well-qualified and have excellent subject knowledge. Lessons are very well planned and use a wide range of teaching and learning methods to deliver engaging lessons which fully involve students in learning’.
‘Teaching is excellent and results in high levels of student progress. Teachers are enthusiastic and have extensive subject knowledge. Lessons are very well planned and a wide range of teaching and learning methods are used to deliver engaging lessons which fully involve students in their learning. Effective use of a range of resources and activities is supplemented by good quality explanation and effective questioning.
(ISI Inspection Report – Monitoring Visit 2018)
I don’t know about you, but I counted 4 uses of the word ‘excellent’ in those 3 short paragraphs. There are many many more examples of this word in the full report which you can read for yourself if you follow the link below.
I am proud to work for a school and organisation that values learning so highly and seeks to employ the best possible teachers and staff to support our students and enable them to reach their full potential.
Enjoy reading the report and let me know if you have any questions.