The success of a school is not in its name, location, or type. Success is what happens inside a school community in support of every learner. The Performance Standards define a good school and what it can become.
There are four key characteristics that are evident when schools effectively and productively tend to the Performance Standards.
Key Characteristics of a Good School Leadership for Learning
The ability of a leader to provide leadership communicate continuously—with consistency and purpose learning expectations for all learners and teachers.
Teachers’, and leaders’ attitudes and behaviours about learning.
Engagement of Learning.
Participate with confidence and display agency over their own learning.
The school adopts policies and engages in practices that support all learners is included in the learning process.
Growth in Learning
School positively impacts learners throughout their journey of learning.
Reflected in the learner’s ability to meet expectations in knowledge and skill acquisition.
Healthy Culture for Learning
In a healthy culture, learners, parents, and educators feel connected to the purpose and work of the school and behave in alignment with the stated values and norms.
Institutions define the needs of each learner and what it will take for the learner to succeed in their educational journey.
Each learner has access to effective teaching.
Additional support services.
No learner should be excluded based on their background or demographic footprint.
The institution demonstrates through actions its belief that every learner can succeed in their education.
English Reading, grammar, math, social studies, and science.
Ages 7-16 (preferably until graduation).
homeschooled students are required to participate in either state testing or curriculum approved alternative testing procedures (equivalent to that given in the public schools).
Testing in grades 3,5,7,9 and 11 or evaluation by a qualified person and results must be submitted to the HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF NAMIBIA.
Send in quarterly reports as well as an annual assessment with the fourth-quarter report.
If the annual academic assessment indicates that the child is not demonstrating reasonable proficiency, the parent will be required to develop a plan of remediation and submit a quarterly report of the child’s progress.
families must register at the Homeschool Association of Namibia (annually), keep attendance RECORDS, time duration, identification of every student is required and annual enrollment in systems
Each student must have their own updated file. Files must be kept for 5years of compulsory school going age.
Parent/tutor must have at least a grade 12 high school diploma or equivalent or (if not) be monitored by a certified teacher for 2 years.
Must keep a record of the planned curriculum with semester dates, hours per week and subjects of instruction
An annual progress report, showing satisfactory progress in all content areas, shall be submitted at the end of each school year
The minimum attendance of academic education is not less than 180 days a year and not less than 2(two) hours per day.
“Homeschool curriculum must be designed to meet a minimum of basic education goals including reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a study of good citizenship.
Maximum learners per tutor/educator 10(ten) students
The Homeschool Association of Namibia has local/regional directors and they have a responsibility to make an ‘informal enquiry’, checking that you are providing a suitable education for your child
An ‘informal enquiry’ might be very broad, or might ask for evidence of suitable education in the form of:
- A written report;
- Samples of your child’s work;
- A home visit from one of their elective home-school directors, with or without your child present
(You are not legally required to answer this enquiry or agree to any meetings. However, failing to make contact with your local authority could make them conclude that your child is not receiving a suitable education. They could then issue a School Attendance Order (SAO), requiring you to register your child at a particular school. Failure to comply is a criminal offence).
(They could also issue an Education Supervision Order (ESO), where they impose conditions on the way that your child is educated. Not complying with an ESO could lead to prosecution, and a care order, where the local authority has the overarching power to make decisions about your child’s education. Further lack of cooperation could lead to your child being put into care. As a result, you should always think about the best interests of your child first)