Future Ready Parent

QAI’s Quality Perception Index (FR201)

The QAI Quality Perception Index is for use by Parents, Teachers, Principals, Management and other stakeholders in the school’s ecosystem who are directly impacted by the overall quality of the school and captures a stakeholder’s perception about the various activities of the school that will help the school become a Future Ready school.

QAI believes that it is important to receive inputs from the stakeholders who are equally involved and also responsible for the overall development of their children and are eager to contribute to the growth of the school where their ward is studying.

The stakeholder’s perceptions will be captured, processed, organised and shared with the concerned school with the objective to help the school get a view of the stakeholder’s perceptions, link it with the current practices and undertake improvement programmes where necessary which will further assist the school in helping them prepare students for the 21st Century.

In this self-assessment questionnaire there are about 30 questions/statements, grouped under 3 sections : The School, The Teaching and General activities in the school.

The School

A school is the default place where a child spends substantial amount of his waking up hours. Also, it is the school where the child spends on an average 14 years, which are the most crucial and formative years and have a lasting impact on the child’s development and one that shapes the future of the child.

It is therefore critical that the school provides the infrastructure, the environment, the teaching and other things that add up to the overall development of the child and ensure that the child is ready for the future.

Stakeholders are one of the most important components as it is the stakeholders who entrust the school with the responsibility of their child with a hope that the school with help develop their child into a good citizen, successful individual who will be ready to face the new world that is full of new challenges and new opportunities. In the United Kingdom, the government has setup Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills). Ofsted inspects and regulates services that care for the children and young people and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. All schools must undergo the mandatory Ofsted inspection leading to a very comprehensive report which is published in the public domain. The Ofsted inspection will include all stakeholders that includes students and parents to ensure that the stakeholder’s views and concerns are taken on-board and the school provided with appropriate advice and support enabling them to become an even better institution. QAI believes that schools and stakeholders must come together as one team to ensure improvements to the school.

When collecting the perception of the stakeholders, some of the key points to be captured would include:

  • Overall reputation
  • The educational leadership, vision and philosophy
  • Compliance with the applicable law and regulations
  • The infrastructure including that of teaching classes, IT facility, Sporting facility, Practical trial laboratories etc.
  • Readiness for handling medical emergencies, health and safety of the children
  • Collaboration between the school and stakeholders
  • Managing the very young children including their dedicated play areas, sleep area etc.

The Teaching

It is an acknowledged fact which also has been discussed in quite some details in this report that the role of a teacher is very important and critical in the overall development of a child. It is therefore important that the stakeholders are able to record their perception about the overall teaching at the school. When collecting the perspective of a stakeholder some of the key points to be kept in mind must include:

  • The overall teaching quality
  • The inclusion of new technology in teaching
  • The use of innovative pedagogies (teaching methods)
  • Immersive use of English across subjects

It is important to note here that as part of this report QAI has developed 5 self-assessment survey / inputs for teachers that will capture the future readiness of teachers of all subjects on different aspects of future readiness. These include:

  • Innovative Pedagogies Readiness Index
  • Flipped Teaching Readiness Index
  • ICT Integration Readiness Index
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Readiness Index
  • English Teaching Readiness Index

The consolidation of inputs from the self-assessment surveys of the above in combination with the stakeholder’s views will help teachers understand how future ready they are and undertake improvement and continuous development plans as also help the school understand how they need to plan support for teachers.

General Activities

Specifics in terms of the infrastructure of the school, the teaching standards, the future readiness of teachers are all well captured in various inputs and surveys collected.

From a stakeholder’s point of view there are and could be some points which they may feel necessary to be included as part of the overall readiness of the school.

QAI is aware of such requirement and is inviting stakeholders to connect with QAI and share details of any additional activity that they believe must be included when collecting data from stakeholders.

These inputs can be provided via using the feedback section of the mobile app called MASH SCHOOL that can be download from Apple store and Android Play Store or by sending an email to fr@mashschool.com

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QAI’s Future Ready Parent Index (FR202)

Parent engagement is very important in developing a future ready child. Parents play a pivotal role in the overall success of a child. Be it academics, sports, hobbies, career, citizenship or any other sphere of their child’s life.

It is seen that some schools work towards creating an environment where parents are seen as partners of the school while some schools have the opposite policy whereby parents are seen as the users of a service that the school offers and therefore take the approach of being critics. Whatever the case may be, the key point that all parents must understand is that they are responsible for the future of the child as much as the school is. Getting their child admitted into a school is not about outsourcing their child’s development.

Parents need to understand that the world is changing and changing at a pace that has never been seen before. Children need to be prepared for the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world. The jobs that exist now are most likely to disappear especially by the time the young children are ready for the world of work.

Continuous awareness of the world and the future is something that is the responsibility of the parents, and more so going forward. Children must possess attitudes, values and skills equally or as we would say more than the academic abilities. Parents would need to be aware that each child is different and that a child can be very successful in areas other than Engineering, Medical, Law, Accountancy and other traditional professions. Therefore, Parents must keep a close eye on the inherent abilities of a child and their passion and on the other hand map this with the world of the future to see how the passion can be translated into a profession.

The QAI Future Ready Parent Index is a self-assessment tool for parents, to help them gauge how ready they are to support their children who are growing up in the 21st century and need to be ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This self-assessment questionnaire based guide is developed with the objective of enhancing parental awareness about the phase change that is taking place and the need for the children to develop technical skills and personal attributes. It is therefore important for parents to recognise this and become a Future Ready Parent.

In this self-assessment guide there are 21 questions and parents would be provided with an overview of their future readiness classified under Understanding and awareness and Support and development.

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