Our Trainers are issued with tablet computers. They use them to collect data on the teachers and their pupils. They are required to sync their tablets with the Perivoli database at each visit.
The purpose is to help us monitor the reach of the programme; to assess its impact; and to help us direct the Trainers more effectively to focus on the teachers that need the most help.
The tablets are geolocation enabled so that we can track where and when the visits are taking place.
The Trainers are required to record Classroom Observations indicating, from one visit to the next, the progress that teachers are making with following the steps prescribed by the programme.
We have established twelve so-called Progress Indicators. This table shows progress with seven of them.
Each Teacher’s PPI is measured at every visit, and viewed by the Regional Coordinator responsible for the Trainer. This helps them to direct visits to those teachers who appear to be struggling.
The Trainers also record details about the children in their classes to include their name, their date of birth, their first language and school attendance on the date of their visit. We plan over time to use this data to undertake a longitudinal study of how the children progress through life and what factors most influence the outcomes.
“We approach M&E in two ways. Firstly, we have arranged for a three year external assessment of the programme to be undertaken by the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, in partnership with researches from the University of Namibia, on the impact of the programme in Namibia entitled “The Perivoli Schools Trust Early Child Care an Education Model: Exploring lived experiences and wider social impacts”. It is expected to report in 2024.
Secondly, we undertake our own analysis by following the children through primary school as best we can. We record the primary school that each of the children go on to and then, with the permission of the relevant Ministry of Education, request that the Principals of up to 30 primary schools in each country complete a Perivoli Measurement and Evaluation form (M&E form). This M&E form lists the names in each Year Group of the children from a “Perivoli” nursery school who are attending their school. This Form is generated directly from the database.
We ask the Principals to record for each child whether they have stayed in school; whether they have dropped back a year; what their test results have been in Maths, English and Art and how this compares to the average class score, and what their rank is in that class.
We intend to publish the results of this evaluation. However, lack of attendance of classes due to Covid has delayed completion of the M&E forms. Once we have been able to compile the data we would plan to publish it in the following format.
*A child taught in nursery school by a teacher who has attended the Perivoli nursery school teacher training programme
The database generates summary tables for Regional Coordinators which we call “RC Pages”. These show the activities of each of the Trainers that report to them (usually three to six).
We take privacy issues seriously. We ask our Trainers, the teachers we interact with and the parents or guardians of the children whose data we collect to sign a consent form agreeing to allow us to collect the information on them.