Feedback culture: some examples
In order to reflect on our processes and procedures at the school, we have established various forms of feedback at the DSL. This includes, for example, feedback between pupils and teachers, among colleagues, or between pupils, parents and colleagues.
Teachers give feedback to pupils in the form of so-called quarter-notes, which inform the pupils about their performance in the middle of the semester and provide them with information on how they can improve their performance.
In our regular parent council meetings, we record the results of the "Round Tables" (topic related exchanges with pupils, parents and teachers) in German and English and make these accessible to all parents. At the beginning of each session, we present further developments on these of the previous rounds. At the end of the year, there will be a plenary exchange on the very year. This also provides us with a first outlook for the coming year.
In addition, procedures of peer lesson observations provide the faculty with valuable information on the current teaching practice as well as on the impact of specific measures that were taken.
In the SMARTgroups, the work results of the year are assessed against the basis of the SMART acronym and then taken up and coordinated by the steering group and school management. At the beginning of July, the outcomes and products of all groups are presented to the school community as a whole.
The level of content with the school among our pupils, parents, teachers and employees is regularly assessed by the Bund-Länder-Inspektionen BLI and the OFSTED inspections in comprehensive or partial inspections. They form the basis for all further planning and the decision-making process which prioritizes school development goals.
Bund-Länder-Inspektion (Federal Inspection)
The Bund-Länder-Inspektion (BLI), which takes place in six-year cycles, is aligned with the quality framework for German schools abroad as it is published on the ZfA website.
The school regularly receives comprehensive external feedback on the state of affairs and developments through two further intermediate review stages, called Bilanzbesuch (visit of the ZfA regional officer) and Peer Review (visit of critical friends from partner schools in the region).
In September 2017 the DSL was certified as an “Excellent German School Abroad” within the BLI 2.0 cycle.