OUR WAY TO EXCELLENCE
World Standards of a UNESCO school
As a UNESCO school, GESM thinks in categories of world standards of education. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. It is decidedly political-minded as to fostering insight as well as action to make students not only perform well but help transform the world into a place worth living in.
German Standards of a German School Abroad
All German Overseas Schools within the network “German Schools Abroad International” (”Deutsche Auslandsschulen International”) are obliged to offer education and school quality to the highest standards. They follow the German and European traditions of education.
The Central Agency for Schools Abroad (Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen, ZfA) systematically supports the German Overseas Schools in implementing their tasks for further development as part of their pedagogical quality management.
The supporting and subsidising bodies from the Federal Government and from the Länder codified the internationally recognised quality standards in November 2006 in the “Quality framework of the Federal government and the Länder for German Schools Abroad”.
First Seal of Excellence 2011
After the successful Federal and Länder Inspection (Bund-Länder-Inspektion) 1.0 (BLI) in 2011, the German European School Manila was awarded the quality seal “Excellent German Overseas School” (Exzellente Deutsche Auslandsschule). This document is regarded as official certification that we meet the quality standards set by the German federal government.
In 2014 there was the so-called Peer Review: “Critical friends”, colleagues of another German School, looked into the progress made in implementing the required developments. They provided the school with important suggestions on where more work needs to be done to be well prepared for the Federal and Länder Inspection.
Renewed Seal of Excellence 2017
The following inspection 2.0 came in 2017. A team of three inspectors representing the Federal government and the Länder came to visit our school, conducting interviews with the headmaster, parents, senior management members, students, teachers, and administrative staff as well as visiting many lessons. As a result, new aims for school development have been formulated and agreed upon with the subsidising bodies.
During a further follow-up visit three years later, the representatives from the Federal government and the Länder will check whether the aims that have been agreed upon are consistently pursued and implemented.
Consistent quality development
The concepts for teaching development, organisational development and staff development are continuously discussed and further developed during the teachers’ conferences, in the Steering Group for quality development and in all working teams including teachers, parents and representatives of the school body.
The Steering Committee
The steering committee is the body responsible for the processes and evaluation of school development at the DSK. Their role is to evaluate the work of various expert groups, school management, as well as their own work and implement innovations where possible/necessary. Parents representatives, school board members, school management, administration management and teacher representatives all form part of this committee, who meet once a month.
Responsibilities of the Steering Committee:
Coordination of learning development
Continuation of the mission statement
Mentoring of work groups
Consultation and coordination of action plans
Initiation and supervision of evaluations
Implementation of measures
At our school we have working groups for the development of teaching quality. Under their assistance, teachers are comprehensively trained for these forms of tuition.
Individualised learning by cooperative learning methods
Skills oriented and differentiated method concepts
Development of internal differentiation/skills oriented curricula
Language sensitive learning methods
Improvement of Inclusion
Enhancing the German language skills
Training the teachers
Training is offered each year school internally, for the entire teaching staff (and partly also for the administration,) as well as regionally. This training contributes to the development and implementation of school development measures.
Extension of the feedback culture
Transparency in the assessment of learner performance
Improvement of structured communication between learners and teachers in lessons
Extension of feedback culture regarding personnel development