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EXPERIENCE OF DOBELE STATE GYMNASIUM IN LATVIA

Business Excellence implementation

Implementation of Excellence

Before we started using the Excellence approach we successfully passed the national accreditation with high results and were accredited for the maximum period - 6 years. Implementation of the EFQM Excellence Model was a new challenge and opportunity to continue to contribute to qualitative education.

The self-assessment was organised by a management work group, consisting of 12 people. Additionally, all teachers, technical employees, members of the parent council and student council (in total 65 people) were involved in the self-assessment activities.

Self-assessment was made using the GOA-WorkBench® software and questionnaires, results of which were included in the self-assessment. Assessors worked in the work groups, while the management work group summarized results and entered the consolidated answers in the software.

Self-assessment process was carried out in a very intensive period of time: there were educational olympiads and the development of scientific research papers. Overall it took 7 weeks to complete the whole self-assessment process starting from the training and ending with generating the self-assessment report with the software.

Achievements and continuous improvement

The GOA-Solutions® software is especially suitable for the creation of the development plan and annual work plan. During the self-assessment process we received suggestions that could be immediately implemented - for the improvement of classrooms, organisation of meetings and others. We improved planning activities and internal communication. We will continue our work, as well as set deadlines and responsible persons for the implementation of suggestions.

Director of the Dobele State Gymnasium Inese Didže