Olevi schools performance
One constant thread can be found running through the many schools now benefitting from Olevi programmes – and that is their high level of achievement.
As we heard from Richard Lockyer, CEO of Olevi International there are currently over 1500 schools in the Olevi Alliance, situated in 38 countries. For me the striking similarity to emerge from the case study presentations at the Olevi International Conference was the high performance of the schools involved. Not just those in England but Internationally. The following three examples illustrate this point.
Deane Baker and Anna Cavanagh describe how they had used the Olevi approach in Qatar International School. They showed how it contributed to a 14 per cent increase in examination results over the past five years. To achieve this, they had used DR. ICE to comprehensively drive the improvement agenda in displays, weekly CPD meetings, monthly assemblies and newsletters.
Simon Thompson of Cardiff High School, a large multi-ethnic, comprehensive, explained how the school had been rated ‘excellent’ by Estyn Inspectors in both 2013 and 2019. In their 2019 report the inspectors had not only recognised the high quality of the education provision but also reported that the school was a happy place to learn and work. They also offered no recommendations for improvement. Quite an accolade. However, as you would expect they are not resting on their laurels and the school is continuing to develop as a professional learning community using DR ICE as a weathervane in a fast changing educational landscape.
Mike Dubeau and Ruth Ahern from the Western Quebec School Board did not specifically refer to the performance of individual schools. However, it is worth noting that in the past four years, their two large secondary schools have been rated best in their region, including the French schools, and that Philimon Wright is this year ranked in the top 10 schools in the Province, according to the well-respected Fraser Report. This in Quebec, which PISA rates as one of the highest performing educational regions in the world. Work with Olevi has been a two-way process.
As one of the founding members of the Olevi Alliance, the WQSB has helped Olevi to develop the school improvement approach since its conception. They are currently involved with Richard Lockyer in a programme to share their learning across the eight other English School Boards.
I am sure you know of similar success stories from schools who make up the Olevi Alliance. If you do, let us know and we can celebrate their success.