Self Evaluation Is Dead. Long Live Self Evaluation!

September 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

So today Michael Gove has confirmed the demise of the Self Evaluation Form – completed by schools to flag up gaps in their provision and as a tool for inspectors.

A surprising amount of people are mourning the demise of the SEF – one poll had it at 50:50.

While the SEF may have gone, self evaluation is here to stay, and now’s s great time to get ahead and think about how you’ll set up your own system.

It looks suspiciously like self evaluation will end up like school improvement plans – not mandatory, but expected, essential and unique to your school.

I think you can’t look at self evaluation in isolation, but rather as part of your management information system that lets you know how well a school is performing.

Ideally, a school should set KPIs (a subject I covered in a previous post). The school improvement plan sets out what needs to happen for the KPIs to be achieved. Then self evaluation through a regular report on the KPIs and further analysis informs the governors on how much progress is being made and identifies other areas for development.

For the canny governing body a system like this can place you right at the very heart of school improvement.

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