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ECNAIS : European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools

Annual General Meeting | Conferences

Self-evaluation as part of a culture of school improvement

Istanbul, Turkey | 16 - 17 April 2015

ECNAIS in Istanbul

We officially invite you, representatives of the member associations of ECNAIS, board members/ headmasters/ teachers of your own organization and other interested persons, to attend the ECNAIS Conference/AGM in Istanbul, Turkey on 16-18 April 2015.

This year the Conference will be organized in good cooperation with our ECNAIS member in Turkey, the Turkish Private Schools Association, which wants to make your stay in Istanbul a special one.

The theme of the Conference is :

“ Self-evaluation as part of a culture of school improvement ”.

In the last few decades, schools have become increasing accountable to students, parents and society; in response they have developed procedures for evaluating their own practice and performance.

As external evaluation and inspection of schools has developed, internal evaluation and assessment by schools has become increasingly necessary. In order to develop a vision of school-wide aims and goals, a culture of self-evaluation has become increasingly important to drive developing standards and school improvement.

Each school must develop its own procedure of self-evaluation to reflect its own vision and structure; this will include both the leadership’s and the teachers’ contribution as individuals and as part of a team to the learning process.

As an ongoing and developing process, self-evaluation should actively involve all stakeholders in order to give them a sense of 0wnership of the process itself, their role in the process, and the school in general.

Key questions about self-evaluation:

  • Is it more than just individual reflection and internal assessment?
  • What part does peer review and critical feed-back play?
  • How does self-evaluation feed into and develop the learning process?

Key concepts about self-evaluation in the wider aspects of the school:l

  • Assessment of students as part of the learning process
  • Communication with all the school’s stakeholders
  • Development of a whole school vision: its aspirations and ethos, and their delivery pedagogically and pastorally

How self-evaluation recognises:

  • Learning and teaching
  • Teachers as professionals
  • Students as learners


Thursday 16 April 2015
08.45 – 09.15 Welcome and registration
09.15 – 10.30 Opening of the Conference
Cem GÜLAN, Co-chair Turkish Private Schools Association
Simon STEEN, Chairman ECNAIS
Prof. Dr. Nabi AVCI, Minister of National Education from Turkey
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee-break
11.00 – 12.30 Prof. Dr. Üstün ERGÜDER, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Education Reform Initiative, Turkey
Dialogue with the audience included
13.00- 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 An example of international cooperation on self-assessment.
Video presentation by Sofia REIS about a multilateral Comenius school project
Dialogue with the audience included
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee-break
16.00 – 18.30 Presentation of the schools (which we will visit the next day)
18.30 Cocktail with representatives from schools
19.30 – 22.30 Dinner at the hotel restaurant
Friday 17 April 2015
09.00 – 12.00 School visits (lunch included)
12.30 – 13.30 School Pupil’s music and dance show (outside the hotel)
13.45 Return of participants to the hotel
14.00 – 15.30 Prof. Patrick SINS, professor Reform Education, School of Education, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Dialogue with the audience included
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee-break
16.00 – 17.30 Simone DALSGAARD, advisor Danish Private School Association
Dialogue with the audience included
17.30 Closure of the Conference
19.30 – 22.30 Official ECNAIS conference dinner on a boat on the Bosporus
Saturday 18 April 2015
09.00 – 12.00 Formal Annual General Meeting and Management Committee Meeting
(open for members only)
Optional Excursion (reservation with registration for the conference)
10.00 – 12.00 for non MC-members
Visit to the old town of Istanbul (included pick up from the hotel, guided tour, lunch and in the afternoon free time that can be used for museums or shopping
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch (MC members and non-MC members together in restaurant Istanbul)
12.00 – 17.00 for MC-members
Visit to the old town of Istanbul ( pick up from the hotel, lunch and guided tour)

Conference program and venue

The conference will take place in Istanbul, Turkey on 16 and 17 April 2014 at the
Hotel Suadiye,
Plaj Yolu, no.25,
34740, Suadiye,
Istanbul Turkey

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting/management committee meeting is scheduled on Saturday 18 April 9:00 till 12:00 (open for members only).

Excursion Saturday 18 April

The Turkish Private Schools Association offers an optional excursion in Istanbul on Saturday morning for the non MC members and for the MC members on Saturday afternoon. We will meet together for lunch.

How to reach the Hotel

The hotel is located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. The airport is on the Anatolian side is Sabiha Gökçen.
You can also go to Atatürk airport, but there be some traffic involved, especially according to the time of arrival. Before the Conference we will inform you with details how to reach the hotel from both airports.


You need a visa to enter Turkey. Please find all information how to obtain the visa through the link. It is not possible anymore to buy your visa at the airport.


Registration can be done on line only, here:
It is very important that we receive your registration form no later than 14 March 2015, as we have to inform the hotel how many rooms we need. After this date we can’t guarantee accommodation nor the special price of accommodation.

Istanbul photo by G.Ozcan – Licence Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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