Making the self-evaluation process simpler and more meaningful for LUTSA schools

 

Andrew Truby is the executive head teacher at both St Thomas of Canterbury School and St Wilfred’s Primary School and the strategic lead for Learning United Teaching Schools Alliance (LUTSA). The alliance specialises in leadership and mastery approaches to learning and contacted Educater to find a solution in making the self-evaluation form process less time-consuming and more meaningful. The collaboration resulted in SEFonline. Andrew explains how the system has improved learning at his schools and across the LUTSA network.       

Andrew Truby

What did you do before SEFonline?

Like many school leaders, we used to spend a huge amount of time writing the self-evaluation ready for Ofsted and this often ended up being a very long document. We chose to use SEFonline because it has been designed to create a user-friendly, interactive self-evaluation tool which pulls together the key evidence and presents it in a visual format. 

How has SEFonline improved the process?

We really like using SEFonline because it is such an intuitive tool. The key performance indicators are very specific therefore it is much easier to evaluate the school against each of the Ofsted areas. The final online SEF document is really visual and professional looking. 

Our school started to use this SEF tool in September 2016 following a review which identified some specific areas for development. The online school self-evaluation tool helped us to pinpoint precisely where the issues were so that they could be addressed securely.

As you can see, there have been significant improvements:

Increase in grades:

Self-Evaluation

 

SEF Grade (September 2016)

SEF Grade

(March 2017)

SEF Grade

(July 2017)

Overall Effectiveness

Requires Improvement

Good

Good / Outstanding

Effectiveness of Leadership & Management

Requires Improvement

Good

Good / Outstanding

Quality of Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Requires Improvement

Good

Good / Outstanding

Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare

Requires Improvement

Good

Good / Outstanding

Outcomes for Pupils

Requires Improvement / Good

Good

Good / Outstanding

Effectiveness of EYFS

Requires Improvement / Good

Good

Outstanding

Outcomes

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Summary of National Curriculum Assessment Results 2017

Early Years Foundation Stage

95.5% of children achieved a Good Level of Development 2017, which is an increase from 93% in 2016 (national average in 2017 was 71%).

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

100% of pupils reached the required standard in 2017, which is an improvement on 92% in 2016 (national average in 2017 was 81%).

Key Stage 1 Attainment

 

School Expected Standard

2017

School Expected Standard

2016

National Average

2017

Greater Depth School

2017

Greater Depth School

2016

National Average

2017

Reading

93%

93%

76%

68%

35%

25%

Writing

90%

80%

68%

53%

25%

16%

Mathematics

93%

88%

75%

68%

33%

21%

 

Key Stage 2 Attainment

 

School Expected Standard

2017

School Expected Standard

2016

National Average

2017

Greater Depth School

2017

Greater Depth School

2016

National Average

2017

Reading

90%

89%

71%

45%

33%

19%

Writing

93%

89%

76%

62%

22%

15%

Mathematics

95%

87%

75%

41%

22%

17%

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

86%

93%

77%

45%

40%

23%

 

§  At both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, the number of pupils at greater depth has increased significantly and doubled in many cases. 

§  The quality of teaching has improved significantly.

§  External reviews have backed up the significant improvement in the quality of provision.

Who is involved in self-evaluation at your school?

SEFonline makes it easier for all members of our senior leadership team to engage fully with the process. Different users have been able to log in remotely and complete different sections. The governors have found the document to be really clear and easy to follow and we have heard from other headteachers that Ofsted really liked their SEF using this tool. 

Does it really save your school time?

Not only has SEFonline saved us a huge amount of time, we now feel that our self-evaluation is meaningful. It has become part of our school improvement cycle. Each term, we work through each section and revisit any key performance indicators that we were not meeting last time and then update the section. It is wonderful that all of the evidence is organised into appendices in an accessible format and the SEF is ready to send to an inspector at the click of a button. 

For more information on SEFonline, please contact Educater by calling 0300 012 0001, emailing info@educater.co.uk or visit online at https://www.educater.co.uk/view-the-modules/sefonline

 

 

Online Payments

Educater is a trading name of The Publishing Foundry, any card payments will appear as The Publishing Foundry Limited T/As Educater

Delivery

Our product is delivered electronically only.

Returns & Refunds

We do not currently have a returns Policy.

Purchases of electronic software are not refundable unless there is a known defect with the software.