The writing template is designed to be used in conjunction with the new evaluation schedule. It will give you straightforward and easily understandable advice as to how to construct your SEF. The rest of the template is set out in a similar way and in following this advice and template, you will have a first draft of your SEF. Paul will then annotate to show how this can be refined and improved to produce a quality SEF. This can be easily updated on a regular basis and used for school improvement and external visits for many years to come.

Here’s a taster of the advice contained therein.

4. Quality of teaching.

Start by judging where you feel this is and use the whole section to back that judgement up with quantitative evidence. No statement without evidence to back them up should be your mantra. If you say that CPD has happened, justify what has happened by quantitative, monitored evidence that it has had an impact in the classroom.

Clearly state what your own monitoring and observations show about the quality of teaching. Include data on the numbers and percentages of outstanding/good/satisfactory teaching since you came and how this is improving over time. If there is/was inadequate teaching show you are addressing/have addressed this ruthlessly.

Make sure you are providing quantitative evidence for every sentence in the evaluation schedule descriptor and that you are not just describing what you think is/should be happening. Good examples can really help to give colour.

Don’t miss the learning well “across the curriculum” and here’s where you can evidence how you achieve that in numeracy and especially literacy.

Don’t miss explaining clearly how you ensure the pupils learn how to read well and how you have embedded synthetic phonics. Give data here on the progress of interventions such as reading schemes as evidence that any pupils who may be at risk of falling behind are supported.

Use pupil/parent and carer comments, any outside survey information (e.g. Kirkland Rowell) and questionnaire data to back your judgement.

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