HGIOS Action Plan

The simplest way to create a HGIOS 4 self-evaluation and action plan

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This revolutionary tool will guide staff every step of the way, from initial self-evaluation and analysis through to strategic action planning.

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This unique online tool enables you to empower your staff so they can work with you to evaluate and improve your school.

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What was the challenge you faced in terms of HGIOS 4?

Although there is a requirement for teachers to be involved in self-evaluation, it’s difficult for them to set aside the time while they’re busy teaching.

I’ve been looking for a while for a tool that would support this process – that would make teachers’ lives easier. I also wanted something that would make them want to engage with self-evaluation and make it their own.

The other aspect was making judgments based on evidence. Teachers have a gut a reaction which is usually spot on, but it needs to be clear what evidence backs it up.

How have you used it for HGIOS 4?

Initially we thought about getting licenses just for the principal teachers, but I didn’t want it to become another management tool. It’s important to me that it gets all teachers engaged, so everyone has access to it. It’s a tool for every teacher. 

We’ve used iAbacus to create the whole school improvement plan for next year. Every faculty has evaluated themselves and come up with evidence and an action plan sitting underneath. 

Next year faculties will review this throughout the year, updating their progress and evidence. 

The plan is to focus on a specific element for a six-week period, then go back to the abacus and see if they can shift their beads. They’ll then decide what evidence they will use to support that. 

The whole process will be much easier. With Word documents, they sit on server and you only go back end of the year, as a post mortem. This will be a living document.

What was it about iAbacus that appealed?

iAbacus just seemed to tick all the boxes. 

Most tools I came across were still cumbersome and felt like a burden, rather than making life easier. You ended up with a number of different documents, one from each faculty, all in different format.

iAbacus is a really efficient electronic tool. What’s good is that you can see the whole process – where we were at the beginning and how we’ve moved on – without needing to go through multiple versions.

How have teachers reacted to iAbacus?

It’s gone down really well. Teachers have found it incredibly easy to use and helpful in their thinking. Already they’re coming back with different uses for it, which I see as a sign of a good tool.

One staff member is creating an iAbacus to look at how we reflect on the use of differentiation.

Principal teachers are using it to engage staff in evaluation. They all decide as a faculty what are the key pieces of evidence they’re going to use. It has the potential to be quite powerful in moving on their thinking.

What’s next?

We are looking to develop an iAbacus to evaulate the impact of our newly created Bell Baxter Learning Standard, which sets a clear baseline for consistent high quality learning and teaching across our school.

We are also looking at how we could get our young people to use iAbacus to reflect on their own practice using the HGIOURS framework. The goal is to get young people actively engaged and reflecting on what the school could do better.

iAbacus has the potential to be a very powerful tool for moving the school forward.

Carol Ann Penrose
Rector - Bell Baxter High School 

HGIOS 4 Case Study

Bell Baxter High School is a large comprehensive school for 11- to 18-year-olds in Fife. Rector Carol Ann Penrose explains why she decided to buy iAbacus for every member of the teaching staff.

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