Virvatuli self-evaluation model and criteria

The Virvatuli model is a quality development tool intended for schools in all fields of art. The purposes of Virvatuli, self-evaluation means the continuous and systematic evaluation of the activities a school engages in. Self-evaluation aims at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the various areas of activity.

A guidebook in pdf-format is available on the Virvatuli model in Finnish and Swedish.

Self-evaluation areas:

Evaluation area 1. Students

- the impact of the school’s operation and teaching on the student

Evaluation area 2. Teachers

- Teacher competence, which is evaluated by themselves and on a general level with competence surveys and student feedback

Evaluation area 3. Learning environment

- facilities, equipment and materials, conditions for learning, relevance to current issues, organisation of teaching, curriculum work

Evaluation area 4. Management

- strategy management, artistic and pedagogical management, personnel management, financial management

Evaluation area 5. Cooperation and partners

- engagement and influence within the school, stakeholder cooperation, partnerships and international activities, internal and external communications