Being an assessor for Investors in Families is a privilege. It means I can visit schools where children and families are at the heart of everything that a school does. Once a school has uploaded the evidence relating to the 7 core aims on the web site and compiled the portfolio, I will come along, bearing cake and flowers, of course, and undertake the assessment. I may contact a school prior to the visit if additional information is needed.
During the assessment I like to meet with a wide cross section of the school community, who will talk to me about the activities they have been involved in. School Council, Eco committee, governors, school staff, parents, partners, agencies; whoever you feel best supports the work of the school and the evidence that has been submitted.
It is an absolute pleasure to meet with so many focused, supportive and intuitive children and families. I will give informal feedback and we will celebrate the excellent work that is taking place.
I will also provide you with an assessors report and discuss the action plan for the next three years. What are your priorities for the next three years? Then when the accreditation has taken place you will be sent a certificate, be able to use the logo and of course have a huge celebration.
As well as visiting schools (the best bit of the work) the team of peer assessors work with Chris Waterman planning seminars and conferences and developing new ideas. If you have an idea, just let us know!
Whilst working with schools we see so many examples of effective practice. We have launched our library of effective practice, which will be the most comprehensive data base of effective practice anywhere in the world.
I cannot wait to meet the children and families of your school and hear all how you are working with families.