The Learning Quality Framework a Quality Mark for a learning school
Many schools find it useful to seek guidance in the development of a learning-powered culture. The Learning Quality Framework [LQF] offers a set of staged descriptions of the development of a school whose prime educational goal is to develop better learners. The LQF tries to capture the essence of what a learning school does to ensure that all of its people become better learners.
The LQF is organised under twelve principles which are concerned with different aspects of a school’s culture, such as the school’s vision for learning, how leaders lead learning, how classroom practice works, how assessment and the curriculum need to be designed in order to build learning habits, and how the school acts on its own learning. In other words it covers all of the issues that are incorporated into ‘Wales Schools as Learning Organisations’.
LQF aims to serve three useful functions:
- As a diagnostic instrument, the LQF enables a school to assess where it is now on its learning journey. By matching current practice against the twelve LQF principles, schools can assess where they have reached thus far and so identify areas of development.
- As a formative instrument, the LQF provides a school with a clear set of guidelines for planning their way forward. From the analysis of ‘what is’, which the framework provides, the school can develop a strategic overview of next steps.
- As a summative instrument, it gives schools an external view of their progress through an external assessment and the award of a LQF quality mark. Developing a culture in which real world learning thrives is not an insignificant job, so stages along the way are worth recognising and celebrating. A school’s progress can be publicly validated and accredited by The Learning Organisation, as and when it feels ready to seek accreditation.
The Learning Quality Framework – an intelligent Sat-Nav for the journey
Where is your school now?
To get a glimpse of the LQF principles and to consider the extent to which your school currently meets them, try this informal self-evaluation against the 12 principles. The quiz is a useful starter activity for leadership teams to undertake together to gain a sense of the direction of travel and to review the school as it currently is.Download as a pdf