Learning Unlimited Teaching School Alliance exists to transform children’s lives through a world-class education. This exciting partnership between Learning Unlimited and Educater brings together significant experience of school improvement with the expertise in school assessment from STATOnline to create a sophisticated, online tool for school leaders make the process of self-evaluation much easier.
Why we’ve created it?
Many school leaders spend a huge amount of time writing their self-evaluation ready for Ofsted and this often ends up being a very long document. The feedback we have had from inspectors is that they are not looking for a lengthy document with as much narrative and would prefer a summary of the self-evaluation. Our aim in creating SEF.online has been to create a user-friendly, interactive self-evaluation tool which pulls together the key evidence and presents it in a visual format which will be accessible to a wide range of audiences.
What the market for it is?
There are very few self-evaluation tools on the market and they are generally based around a dated-looking word document, which ends up being saved on a computer somewhere that nobody looks at. SEF.online will transform the way that school leaders approach self-evaluation because it is so intuitive and easy to use. School leaders will have a very clear self-evaluation and will engage with the process regularly, leading to impactful school improvement.
How it will help schools?
SEF.online takes the pain out of creating a meaningful self-evaluation because it is designed to take school leaders through a carefully designed process to evaluate each aspect of the school against a number of key performance indicators. Once a school has been through the interactive tool, which only takes a few hours to complete, they can download a professional self-evaluation document, which is typically 10 pages long. Schools would typically update their self-evaluation each term after an assessment point. The process feeds directly into school improvement planning, making the process very meaningful.
How it has been built in partnership by former Ofsted inspectors/LUTSA/Educater?
The key performance indicators have been created by school leaders in Sheffield with a strong track record working with Ofsted inspectors. The key performance indicators interpret the Ofsted grade descriptors so that they can be measured more specifically.
The aim was to create a self-evaluation that can easily be followed by inspectors, school improvement partners or governors. The document is presented in a succinct format with the most relevant information and evidence presented visually in an easy to read style.
How successful is it?
The self-evaluation that is produced by this tool has been praised by a number of inspectors and school leaders really like the process. A key strength of this tool is that, so far, Ofsted inspections have come out with exactly the same grades as the self-evaluation tool.
Extracts from Ofsted reports:
“School leaders and governors have a clear understanding of the school’s current strengths and areas that need improving.”
“You have an accurate understanding of what is working well and why.”
“Governors have a good understanding of how well the school is doing.”
“School leaders have benefited from a national leader of education visiting the school regularly. This has helped make sure that the school self-evaluation is accurate and priorities for further improvement are well chosen.”
How do I book training?