Core values of quality

It is useful not to limit ‘quality’ to any one specific meaning but rather to identify a set of ‘core values’ which should be typical of good quality schools.

The following are some of these core values, which should be promoted in all schools:

  • schools should be well run, democratic and just; and respect the South African Consitution
  • learners should have the opportunity to acquire, apply and practise the different kinds of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will prepare them for life;
  • schools should actively demonstrate concern for, and promote high standards of excellence in all aspects of school life, at both an individual and an institutional level;
  • schools should expose learners to a humane outlook on life and instil crucial values as an integral part of each individual’s personal and social development;
  • schools should develop in learners a sense of independence and self-worth as human beings, giving them confidence in their ability to contribute to society in different ways;
  • schools should prepare learners to have a concern for the cultural as well as the economic enrichment of the community beyond the school’s bounds, in which they will play a part.

In addition to these core values individual schools will have their own special, even unique, values and purposes incorporated in their vision and mission. These are invariably and rightly highly cherished, and any assessment of the school’s quality must take them into account.

It is recommended that, as early as possible, each school setting out on a mentor-guided internal evaluation should arrange for a discussion or discussions on what is meant by ‘quality’, in schooling as a whole and in particular how that applies to their own school.This should involve the internal evaluation team, the staff, and where possible and suitable parents, learners and governors.

About IQAA

  • IQAA is an independent agency available to provide quality assurance of any school through the process it has developed. IQAA’s watchword is Assisting Schools To Keep Growing Quality.

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    Carolyn Hamilton-Smith 
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    Phone: 021 6854258

    Fax: 021 685 4195