The SEF is Dead- Long Live the SEF
ADVICE TO SENIOR LEADERS ON THE FUTURE OF SCHOOL SELF-EVALUATION
The Proposed OfstedInspection ScheduleFour main elements
AchievementTeachingBehaviour and safetyLeadership and Management+ SMSC integral to all judgementsIt is necessary and important for schools to recognise this in their self-evaluation
Task ADiscuss with a partner (5 minutes)
How long is your SEF? Who wrote it? When did you last use it? Refer to it? When did a teacher/T.A./governor/crossing patrol...refer to it?
Task AGroup discussion to establish overall picture (and the reason why so many SEFs remain as archive than active/dynamic working documents) - 10 minutes
One of the key messages of the course is to render SEF stress redundant
The SEFThe government have requested Ofsted to ditch the SEF To reduce the bureaucratic burden on schools Schools are now more familiar with self-evaluation SSE has become a very effective aspect of reviewing performance
TimescalesLack of clarity for the timescale for the new direction for SSE and review
The intention is that schools will develop systems tailored to individual needs and circumstances.
The SEF will on line for the remainder of the 2011 school year
SSE Review Policies/ProceduresSchools should develop individual SSE review policies and procedures
The focus for the schools should be on school improvement not as preparation for inspection, but with this as a consideration
The SEF could be used to assist this process although the SEF has never been mandatory
A Suggested SSE FormatIntroduction School Achievements and ContextAreas for Whole School DevelopmentProgress in Previous Inspection Key IssuesAchievement Attainment and ProgressTeaching Key Strengths / Areas for DevelopmentBehaviour and SafetyLeadership Key Strengths / Areas for DevelopmentOverall Effectiveness A School Summary
Section 1: IntroductionSummary of the schools achievements
A few words capturing strengths and weaknesses and, where appropriate, taking account of the schools context
An exampleMugshot is a good school and has many strengths, that offer a firm basis for future improvements towards its stated aim of excellence. The recent 2010 inspection identified an improving trend that is moving the school towards outstanding. ...... However, writing has been identified as an area for particular focus
Introduction (2)Relationships throughout the school are very positive.All pupils enjoy coming to school and this is reflected in the very high levels of attendance.The leadership team has made realistic evaluation of the school and what needs to be done to improve it further.Pupils are happy, safe and well motivated Year 6 talk enthusiastically about their time at school
Introduction (3)The large majority of teaching is at least consistently Good, and there are examples of excellent practice.
Whilst pupils find the curriculum engaging, the school is introducing a rich thematic curriculum to inspire, motivate and enthuse the pupils to higher levels of achievement.
Areas for Whole School Development
1. Improve standards in writing across the school to equal those standards in Reading and Mathematics.
Introduce rigorous strategies to monitor the quality of writing both in KS1 and KS2.
Provide greater opportunities to practice and extend writing across the broader curriculum (eg other subjects)
Monitoring writing standards......
Enhance staff confidence in teaching writing through appropriate CPD
2. Ensure that pupils are given challenging targets in English and mathematics and understand their next steps in learning.
Ensure that all staff understand what makes Outstanding teaching, and its impact on successful learning.Use Outstanding teachers within the school to coach and mentor other staff towards ambitious targets.Place improving teaching at the heart of Performance Management that allows the SLT to measure improvement in teaching through clearly identified steps.
3. Ensure the curriculum is creative and engaging, whilst supporting the development and acquisition of core skills in English, Maths and ICT.
Introduce a rich, creative, thematic, curriculum in Autumn 2011 that enthuses and motivates pupils and staff, whilst ensuring that the core skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT are practised and applied in other subjects.
Section 3: Progress in Previous Inspection Key IssuesAdd some detail showing the impact made since the previous inspection on the key issues
It is most likely that issues raised in the previous inspection report would dovetail with the new framework headings
Tell the story convincingly with evidence of improvement
Section 4: AchievementPresent a summary picture of school attainment and progress:-AttainmentHistoric and current attainment Y2 and Y6 in English, Maths, across a range of subjects and for different groups, particularly SENDSupport with evidence from RAISE, FFT, and internal data identify trends etc.Evaluate concisely do not repeat RAISE data
AchievementProgressHistoric and current progress data For Y2 and Y6 In-year progress for other age groups.Quantity and quality of current year work what progress does this show (all year groups)? E.g. Do pupils have challenging targets for English and maths and are these evident and annotated in their books do they know their targets and are they being met?Future progress Sound, robust and accurate current data allows the school to predict reliable future progress.
Section 5: TeachingExampleOur latest monitoring showed that of the 20 lessons/parts of lessons observed 20% were outstanding, 70% were good 10% were satisfactory. (Of those that were judged satisfactory two were close to the boundary for good and two close to inadequate).
Followed by Strengths and Development areas in Teaching
Section 6: Behaviour and SafetyIntroduction (example): Behaviour is close to outstanding through the school because pupils see learning as exciting and challenging Include following aspects in commentary:-ExclusionsDisruptionsUnderstanding rules etcTaking responsibilityAwareness of being safeResults of surveys etc
Section 7: LeadershipIntroduction: (example) Leadership is outstanding because of the sustained impact on standards and improvements made to teaching and the impact this has had on learning and improved standardsFollowed by Strengths and Development Areas in LeadershipStrengths: (examples)The leadership team offers a good blend of experience and expertiseStaff morale is high as evidenced in our surveys
LeadershipArea(s) for Development: (example)
Drive up the proportion of good, to outstanding teachingEnsure that the areas for improvement, identified in the consistency of assessment, tracking and challenging targets in one or two year groups, are addressed and monitored by SLT and MLT. Sustaining and monitoring the drive for improving standards in writing.
Section 8: Overall EffectivenessInformation from Sections 1 7 can be used to provide Ofsted with a succinct oversight of the quality of education in the school through an evaluation of overall effectiveness
This could be updated twice a year (and shared with parents)
Overall EffectivenessThis evaluation sets out the big picture and points to additional evidence available at the school. Precise grades for each of the inspection schedule judgements are attached at the end of the report (see example of Overall Effectiveness report and the Ofsted Inspection Schedule judgement sheet included as a separate document)
TASK BRead section 2 and 3 of each document SSE summary and New SEF for Mugshot Primary
To what extent do the schools priorities for improvement (2), reflect those of the previous inspection (3)?
New SEFThe SSE Summary Sheet provides the framework for your SEF
The judgements and evaluations identified on the summary can then be developed with greater, relevant detail and translated into the New SEF template designed by Prospects
This will include the summary of Overall EffectivenessAs Section 8
Linking the NEW SEF to the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
School Improvement PlanThis should be succinct
Focused on key areas for development identified in the SEF
Translates the key evaluations from the SEF into the School Improvement Plan (SIP)Template
SIP IntroductionThe Overall Effectiveness (Section 8) of the SEF provides the Introduction to the School Improvement Plan (SIP Section 1)
A seamless link between SEF and SIP
Task CUsing the blank template provided, record an issue about achievement at your school and then develop this across each strand of the evaluation scheduleCompare your draft with a partner. What works well? What is difficult to record?Group discussion.....
The PIBRemember that the PIB will summarise very concisely the strengths and areas for development in your school
It will identify between 3 and 5 key areas which are either strengths or in need of development.
It will allow you to provide a clear, robust account of your school
Use the PIB (Guidance) and PIB (Example) to complete one aspect in the PIB (Blank Template)