Introducing the EFQM-Hamdan Education Model

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In addition to creating and delivering sustainable and valuable propositions for its stakeholders, the school also has a duty of care to the ecosystem in which it operates. Enhancing performance for any school is necessary, but it is not sufficient. The economic, environmental and social conditions within the ecosystem in which it operates must be taken into account.

Introducing the EFQM-Hamdan Education Model

Every headteacher wants their students to do better.

And every headteacher, principal, and Vice-Chancellor wants to help their students achieve more.

At the same time, anyone who runs an educational establishment is also managing a complex organisation. Constantly prioritising objectives, balancing budgets, managing people and aiming for excellence.

If you’re looking to improve the performance of your school, the EFQM-Hamdan Education Model can help.

It takes the same principles which have made the EFQM model an international success story, and tailors them specifically to school improvement.

It prompts leaders to identify what they really want to achieve, and then it guides them to do so.

The EFQM-Hamdan Education Model provides a framework for achieving outstanding performance in Educational Institutions, and for recognising high performance.

Guiding principles that shaped the Education Model

The EFQM-Hamdan Education model is derived from the globally recognised EFQM model. The EFQM model supports organisations in managing changing and improving performance.

In October 2018 EFQM and Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance signed an agreement to design the EFQM-Hamdan Education model.

The model recognises the importance of the Education sector and the huge impact that Education has on society and economic development.

The purpose of the model is to improve the quality of education by benchmarking and then setting out a management agenda for any school aiming to achieve a long-term sustainable future and deliver better education.

Regardless of the size of the school, or whether it is a Public or Private school, the following principles guide the model.

  • The primacy of students
  • The need to take a long-term, stakeholder-centric view
  • Innovation and future orientation
  • Understanding the relationships between the ambitions, actions and outcomes of the school

Concept & Structure

The strategic nature of the EFQM-Hamdan Educational Model, combined with its focus on both strategic and operational performance, make it an ideal framework for testing the alignment of school’s ambitions for the future with its current practices and its ability to respond to challenges.

Using this model provides the opportunity to see the whole, to take the holistic perspective and appreciate the complexity of a school context while acknowledging the need for a systemic and organized intent. Just like in most of the contemporary world at large, a school should not be seen in a linear, mechanical and predictable manner. Rather, it is far better understood as a complex adaptive system, made up of interdependent elements and individuals operating in a dynamic living world. Any School using the EFQM-Hamdan Education Model:

  1. Recognises that it does not operate in a vacuum. It understands that it is part of a larger and complex ecosystem in which other players whether known or unknown, can help or hinder its progress and that it is in its own interest to be engaged with and maximise the opportunity to learn and grow from others within its ecosystem.
  2. Accepts the opportunity to act as a Leader in its sphere of influence, behaves as an inspiration to others and demonstrates what can be achieved for the benefit of others as well as itself.
  3. Understands that it will face everincreasing speeds and volumes of change and it must be prepared to anticipate, address, respond appropriately, embrace managing challenges of today, and at the same time, predict the future and make sure that it is well-prepared for it.

The Education Model structure is based on the simple but powerful logic of asking three questions:

  • “Why” does this School exist? What Purpose does it fulfil? Why is this particular Strategy? (Direction)
  • “How” does it intend to deliver its Purpose and Strategy? (Execution)
  • “What” has it already achieved? “What” does it intend to achieve tomorrow? (Results)

Central to the rationale of the EFQM Model, the “red thread”, is the connection between the Purpose and Strategy of the school and how that is used to help create Sustainable Value for its most important *Stakeholders and deliver outstanding Results.

The model addresses the definition and engagement framework of all its stakeholders and recognizes partners in the development of the school purpose and strategy and the planning and execution of its strategies. In particular, the student is not only at the heart of the school, but she/he is an important actor in the development and the execution of the strategy.

The model introduces the performance measurement as the essence of improvement and a guide to sustained pursuit of the school ambitions. The measurement builds on the traditional academic outcome-driven assessment to expand to both perceptions and outcomes of all aspects of the school strategy development and execution, and all interactions with the stakeholders and the ecosystem.

Determining a School’s Ecosystem

The school is not simply a member of its ecosystem, but a key component and actor in it. The school’s development depends on its coherence and alignment with it. Making sense of the ecosystem in which it exists and how it is engaged with that reality, is a vital step for any school to undertake its improvement journey. The picture provides a generic example of what a school’s ecosystem could encapsulate.

  • What does your school’s ecosystem look like today?
  • What might it look like in the future?

About Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance of the U.A.E. believes in human capital and pays special attention to education as an engine for human activity, from the functions of which is to maintain balance, harmonize the high humanitarian values system and taking a free go towards knowledge, science and human evolution. This triggered HH to announce his declaration in 1998 concerning the establishment of an Educational Award. Later in 2018 , His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid AL Maktoum , Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, issued a decree that states the transition of the Award into a Foundation entitled: Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for the Distinguished Academic Performance, targeting Educational excellence and the sponsorship of giftedness and innovation, to improve educational performance at all levels and sectors, honouring all groups and relevant authorities in the education sector and institutions, as well as the individuals who provide outstanding achievements and creations.

  • Vision - Pioneering the leadership of Academic Performance Excellence, Gifted Education and Innovation.
  • Mission - To develop the academic performance in gifted, innovative, and talented education through best national and international programs that lead to distinguished academic society.