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Mont à l’Abbé School independent review published

08 January 2020

Mont à l’Abbé School has been independently reviewed under the Jersey Schools Review Framework, commissioned by the department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills.

A team of five reviewers visited the school between 26 and 28 November. 

The review team comprised of experienced off-Island education consultants, supported by colleagues from the department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills (CYPES) and local schools.  

The review, which will see each school assessed every three years, aims to evaluate: that pupils are in a safe, nurturing environment; the behaviour and personal development of pupils; the standards of teaching, learning and achievement; and the effectiveness of the schools' leadership. The plan is for all schools to be reviewed by December 2022. 

The report can be reviewed in full at JSRF Report of Mont à l’Abbé School.

Commenting on the report, Mont à l’Abbé School Head Teacher Liz Searle said: “I am absolutely delighted with the review report. The report recognises the commitment, hard work and sheer determination given by my team of remarkable staff to ensure the best outcomes for all our learners. The children, young people and families that attend Mont à l’Abbé School are at the centre of everything we do in aiming to provide aspirational support and skills needed in order to develop their independence and reach their potential as they leave school and continue to grow into wonderful individuals, who are valued members of the community. My team and I are acutely aware that we must offer the best to our learners and their families in an international landscape of changing needs and reflect this within our school offering the best special educational needs and disability (SEND) practice within our island.

“I enjoyed the review process and having the opportunity to passionately discuss my school with external professionals. All of the recommendations made by the team are already part of our school development plan and form part of our ongoing improvements to provide the best for all our stakeholders. I look forward to continuing our work with the department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills to ensure the best for outcomes for our SEND community.”

The Minister for Education, Senator Tracey Vallois, said that the introduction of the Jersey Schools Review Framework reflected the Government’s commitment to putting children first by raising standards and achievement and supporting the valuable work of school staff. 

Senator Vallois said: “I welcome this independent review, which allows parents, carers, students, staff, and all Islanders, to read the report findings reflecting both the excellent work going on in our classrooms and the ways in which our schools can improve and be even better.” 

Further Information about the Jersey Schools Review Framework is available online

The Jersey Schools Review Framework was piloted across Government schools from 2016 to 2019. The framework has been independently evaluated by a leading academic, who has published school and system-wide reviews in the UK and internationally, including for the OECD and for the National College of Education.  

Each assessment is undertaken by an independent external lead reviewer, experienced in conducting reviews in other jurisdictions, as well as a Senior Adviser from the Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills (CYPES) and two or more senior school leaders currently working in Jersey schools. The review team will speak to pupils, consult parents, meet with and survey staff, look at pupils’ work, observe lessons and review school data.

Following each review, the school, parents and CYPES will receive a short report of the findings which will be available on the Jersey Schools Review Framework webpage, where parents and carers can watch videos and read factsheets in English, Polish and Portuguese to find out more about the process. ​

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