The objective of Progress Review at NiBS is to enhance the learning experiences of our children while inspiring and guiding them to do their very best.
The basic thrust of our approach is to provide detailed, timely and actionable feedback about the gaps in each child’s learning and to work together with parents and the children themselves to close those gaps in the best possible ways. In doing so, we make every effort to ensure that all aspects of a student’s learning are considered – academic, co-curricular and those relating to values, life-skills, self-awareness, peer interactions and a sound work ethic. Care is also taken to ensure that our Progress Review process is continuous in nature and takes place throughout the year, rather than being focused on just a few select occasions.
A safe, non-threatening environment
This is a time during which children gather together in a circle and share their thoughts and ideas on topics that are meaningful and significant to them. Having the freedom to express their feelings in a safe environment in the presence of their friends and teachers helps improve their self-esteem and communication skills, and encourages deep and genuine bonding.
Gradual introduction to exams
Formal examinations are introduced in Class VI, three years before the children graduate to Senior School. Our purpose at this level is to gently introduce children to both, summary evaluations, and the relevance of test taking life-skills such as time-management, planning and scheduling.
In Senior School, Progress Review strictly follows the pattern prescribed by the CBSE. In academic areas, assessments are balanced between the formative and summative modes. Co-scholastic areas such as life skills, the visual and performing arts, attitudes, values and various co-curricular activities are also assessed.
Student-led Conferences or Nirmal Panchayats are organised twice a year at the end of the reporting terms in September and March. During these conferences, a constructive three-way analysis of performance between the parent, teacher and child takes place with the child’s self-evaluation and reflection of strengths and weaknesses leading the discussion. A detailed Progress Review Card containing analytical rubrics and a showcase folder – My Best Work Portfolio, containing samples of the student’s very best work are also shared during the conference meetings.
Not only does such a Student-led process reveal far deeper insights about the challenges that a child faces, it also encourages a strong, internal motivation to accept and pursue the strategies required for improvement. Trusting children to take ownership of their learning process in this way, we believe, prepares them well to become independent, life-long learners.
In addition to the two Panchayats, individual meetings with parents are held during both the non-reporting quarters in April and December. The purpose of these is to discuss each child’s all round progress in detail and develop an individualised plan for him/her.