Evaluation of the School-based In-service Teacher Education (SITE) pilot programme sought to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and likely sustainability of SITE pilot activities.
SITE focuses on teacher performance and student learning outcomes, using in-service training to strengthen classroom teachers, promote changes in classroom practices, and thus improve learning.
The call for evaluation was in response to a midterm review, carried out in 2014, which recommended that Quality Basic Education Programme (QBEP) should review its monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management strategy.
Montrose was contracted to undertake an independent final performance evaluation of SITE.
The objectives were to provide:
An assessment of the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of activities; a summative evaluation of results.
An assessment of which elements of SITE should be replicated in the future.
A comparison of the SITE model against other national and regional in-service teacher training modules that, where possible, target trained and untrained teachers from state, monastic and non-state schools.
Montrose’s evaluation identified positive findings and made recommendations for improvement.
Areas of effectiveness we highlighted included:
The strength of the peer-to-peer assessment and cluster group meetings.
The ease with which SITE can be introduced into schools and picked up by teachers.
Widespread support for SITE at all levels.
A more rigorous approach to M&E.
To undertake a rigorous teacher training needs analysis to identify gaps in training materials.