' ...a step-by-step guide for completing Section A of the form '
S.I.S. Interim Support for School Self-Evaluation
Self Evaluation Advice
Please follow the link below to access the review of the Schoolcentre software in the Times Educational Supplement of 6th January 2006.
In order to help schools with the initial stages of working with the OfSTED school self-evaluation
form (SEF), the School Improvement Service has created a step-by-step guide for completing Section A of the form - the structured
self-evaluations of the school’s performance and progress.
The guide is in the form of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, with an introduction followed by seven subsections relating to each subsection of
Each section opens separately by clicking on the numbered buttons at the bottom of the Excel notebook.
There is a separate SEF for each phase of schooling though not, as yet, for Nursery Schools.
Make sure that you open the SEF that is appropriate for your school.
(To open a document please click on the linked text title visible in the left portion of the panel.)
This structured guide to completing the SEF is provided to schools as a temporary ‘fix’ whilst negotiations continue to identify the most
effective commercially available software to support schools with their planning and evaluation processes.
The guide is, of necessity, quite repetitive but it does take you step-by-step through the evaluations you need to make and the associated
evidence that will be required to support your evaluations.
Sections 1 and 2 are descriptive and do not require evaluations.
From section 3 to 7, however, you are required to make a formal evaluation of the school’s performance and progress.
At the right hand side of the spreadsheet you will see a column for entering the evaluation grade on the new 1-4 OfSTED
1 = excellent/very good
2 = good
3 = satisfactory
4 = unsatisfactory and in need of improvement
It is worth bearing in mind that OfSTED regard only grades 1 and 2 as indicative of capacity to improve.
Grade 3 is seen as ‘maintenance of the status quo’. ) Once you enter your evaluation score in the grid the adjacent box will
colour fill - green for grades 1 and 2, amber for grade 3, and red for grade 4.
Where you are unable to make an evaluation, for whatever reason, the box will remain blue.
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on your computer to view PDF files.
Further Guidance from Ofsted
Further guidance on the standards for self-evaluation can be found on the OfSTED website.
However, copies of the four most helpful documents are also available via the links below:
Every Child Matters: The framework for inspection of schools from September 2005
Guidance for inspectors: Using the inspection schedule
Guidance for Inspectors of Schools: Conducting the inspection
Guidance for Inspectors of Schools: Inspection judgements
Additional information on interpreting your school’s data and the PANDA, and on using the Pupil Achievement Tracker can be found at:
For more information about changes to school self evaluation procedures please contact:
Mike Furbank, Head of Achievement & Inclusion
Tel: (01482) 392400