The power of our whole school approach lies in using reliable instruments to gather rich data for evidence-based decision-making, alongside research-informed school improvement processes tailored to consider the improvement journey of individual schools. Together, our instruments and processes generate sustainable change at the level of culture to help students, teachers and leaders reach their potential.
Importantly, improvement efforts supported through our work with schools and systems are not fragmented or “add-ons” to the core work. Instead, our tools and processes become integral to the work and life of schools and education systems, ensuring efforts at the teacher and organisational levels are coherent, interrelated and sustainable over time.
In all our work and research at NSI, we use an empowerment (rather than dependency) model. Our approach helps build capacity and structures to ensure schools can continue implementing the learning and interventions. Our empowerment approach promotes data literacy, reflective practices, and the effective use of perception feedback for school improvement. Our efforts to build capacity equip staff to take ownership of improvement efforts and contribute to transforming schools into learning organisations.
Our implementation process ensures systems and schools learn in action, requiring less time commitment in an already time-poor environment and building leadership expertise in planning and decision-making.