What makes a good school- An insight

What makes a Good School? Is it not the universal question of every parent aspiring for the bright future of their ward.

Numerous research has been done What makes a good school- An insight to building a good school to identify the key aspects of a good school and one of the research was conducted by UNESCO under Happy School framework which elaborately defines the criteria of happy school under people, process and place.

Insight to Happy School and quality Education

Based on the inputs derived from such research CCLP Worldwide has come up with standard/ criteria to define any school in Good School category.

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Each criterion carries a certain weightage and the sum total of all fetches the final score for any school.

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The ten criteria/standards evaluated for “good school status” are

  1. School Campus and Building Infrastructure
School Building

It is the basic and mandatory criteria for any school

School buildings, classrooms, playgrounds, and libraries are the most important aspects of school infrastructure. Spacious and refurbished buildings and well-ventilated classrooms are a must in schools. Well-equipped labs, art room, dance room, etc. enable them to perform educational activities more effectively.

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To know about the importance of labs visit this link

To fulfil this criterion the school must have a well-constructed building that houses all amenities room including the well-ventilated classroom.

It carries the highest level of weightage while calculating the final tally.

2. Educational Recognition of the School by the competent authority


It is a basic and mandatory criterion of a school

. It includes formal recognition by the competent education department of the state government for primary and secondary education and further affiliation for class IX and X or similar levels. The requirement of a No Objection Certificate (In many Countries) is to ensure that the School is following government rules and regulations.

It carries the highest level of weightage while calculating the final tally.

3. Teaching methodology

The school must mention the methodology used by the teacher in the classroom and beyond.

The Important parameters that will be considered to evaluate the teaching methods are

  1. Independent creative thinking ( scope and practice)
  2. Student-centred teaching
  3. Teacher centered teaching
  4. Instruction of new topics on the basis of Hierarchical structure (Practice)
  5. Studying beyond the classroom ( scope and practice)
  6. Student’s Club-based teaching (Practice)
  7. Social service-based teaching (Approach)
  8. Life skills learning opportunity ( scope and practice)
  9. Confidence building methods
  10. Communication improvement methods ( scope and practice)
  11. Recognizing every child (approach)
  12. Inculcation of inward discipline ( scope and practice)
  13. Schooling as a celebration ( whole idea)

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It carries the highest level of weightage while calculating the final tally.

4. Sports and Extracurricular Activities


The school should ideally have large playgrounds unhindered for smooth conduct of sports games like football, cricket, volleyball basketball, running track, etc. with provision for indoor games like table tennis, chess etc.

It carries a medium level of weightage while calculating the final tally.

5. Competence of Teaching staff and Management

The Education, training, experience, and psychological stability of teaching staff are of prime importance for a good school. We need to remember that a Happy teacher with a positive approach is key to better teaching. How well the principal addresses and motivates students is crucial for a good school. The Management of the school must be democratically appointed and pro-active to co-operate with school staff.

The flow of work from management to principal and onwards will be evaluated for this purpose.

It carries a medium level of weightage while calculating the final tally.

6. Location of the School and accessibility.

The location of the school is important as far as accessibility is concerned for both students and teaching/non-teaching staff. The connectivity of the school with the railway station, tube train, local transport, etc will be considered, and whether the school has a motorable road or not. The provision of school buses with safety procedures will also be considered.

It carries a medium level of weightage while calculating the final tally.

7. Good Health, sanitation, nutrition, and secure environment

Secure Environment

A secure environment where shared study, play, and engagements are encouraged for learners is truly blessed with happy energy.

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The conscious effort of the school to make the health of students in top priority like additional games, yoga, meditation between classes, gym, etc.

Please read the article on the effect of meditation and yoga on studies

Nutrition is of prime importance when we talk about health and the provision of healthy choices in foods for the student is a must.

cleanliness should be embedded in every student’s mind and using clean and hygienic sanitation is the very right of every student.

It carries a medium level of weightage while calculating the final tally.

8. School review & community guidelines


In this digital age reviews and opinions are easy to share as a member of that community.

School reviews and opinions help other parents find the right school for their child. The unmoderated reviews available on social sites give a clear indication of school functioning.

Read this interesting article School Reviews – Parent’s Tool

It carries the lowest level of weightage while calculating the final tally.

9. Affiliation/association with International Education Body

One of the most important aspects of the school is to see its participation in the national and international arena via collaboration/ association/ MOU/ registration/ affiliation/applications.

The Schools have several opportunities in terms of national and international exposure in the form of olympiads, competitions (national or international) international school awards with the British Council, TED-ED Club initiative with TED USA, the NEST Methodology Network, UNESCO School network, the National Association for the development of curriculum in that country, National Geographic Explorer, etc.

To learn more about international partnership/collaboration please visit this link

It carries the lowest level of weightage while calculating the final tally.

10. Online presence

Social Presence online

The school must have an online presence in the form of working websites with updated information about the curriculum, rules and regulations, notices, fee structures, new circulars, details of teachers and staff, holiday details, etc. The Presence of Facebook, Twitter, and Google will be an additional advantage.

Nowadays social sites are the first point of contact for the public and it helps them decide what to choose. Most of the information and activities are shared through these platforms.

Having these active social accounts helps us understand the school better.

It carries the lowest level of weightage while calculating the final tally.

What Next?

CCLP Worldwide – The International Organization of Education Charter intends to issue public ratings to schools interested in getting evaluated by the international agency.


  1. CCLP Worldwide has started taking the application for Good School ratings.
  2. Interested institutions wishing to apply for Good School ratings may contact the CCLP Worldwide secretariat at info@cclpworldwide.com.
  3. Good School Public rating is not available for schools where one or more management person(s) is/are associated with CCLP Worldwide or its chapter in an official capacity.

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