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How To Write Your Self-Evaluation Summary Under The Ofsted Inspection Framework: A Practical Guided Workshop

This course is appropriate for Headteachers, Deputy Heads and other members of school Leadership Teams.

The day is structured to enable participants to gain a greater understanding of the Ofsted inspection framework and the impact of the new arrangements on schools’ self evaluation documentation. The course provides a clear view on the expectations of Headteachers and staff during an inspection.

The course is very practical. The afternoon session provides participants with the opportunity to employ the theory and skills covered during the morning session and use them to write the headline sections of their own self evaluation document. Participants will use their own school’s data and collated evidence and begin writing the ‘Achievement’, ‘Teaching’ and ‘Leadership and Management’ sections of their school’s self-evaluation summary using a template provided by the tutor. During the practical session the tutor will provide advice, support and guidance to coach participants through the skills for effective, evaluative writing. During the course, participants will gain the skills to enable them to complete their own self evaluation summary upon their return to school.

Delegates will leave with a very clear understanding of the expectations of the Ofsted inspection framework and how their self-evaluation can be tailored to the four new judgements. This will include any recent changes introduced.

The course will focus on:

  • The headlines and details of the framework, evaluation schedule and other associated documentation and the way in which inspections are currently conducted
  • How to make a clear judgement about each of the four key areas and overall effectiveness in the school
  • The best ways of evidencing secure self-evaluation
  • What must be considered in relation to the evaluation of teaching
  • What action is necessary in order to be ready for inspection
  • Effective writing skills

This course will be updated to encompass changes to the framework. Where appropriate it will also include information on proposed changes where they are known.

Course Overview

Writing an evaluative self evaluation summary under the Ofsted inspection framework; understanding the requirements of the current inspection framework and the implications for school self-evaluation. Practical, skill based workshop providing participants with an opportunity to develop evaluative writing skills.

Course Objectives

By the end of the day, delegates will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the key aspects that they need to focus on within the new inspection framework, including which aspects they must get to grips with in order to show their school in the best light.
  • Have a clear view of the links made within the inspection framework between teaching and learning and schools’ assertions about pupil progress.
  • Know exactly what to expect during an inspection and how best to prepare the school’s paperwork.
  • Have discussed a number of ways of collecting and collating information about pupil progress and attainment.
  • Be confident in sharing this information and various examples with colleagues back in school.
  • Receive an electronic self-evaluation template that can be completed upon return to school.

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

  • Summary of the main changes within the inspection Framework, including an insight into the Evaluation Schedule and other key documentation
  • Guidance and discussion as to how key judgements can be made in each of the four key aspects and the crucial points that must be considered in evaluating teaching.

Session 2

  • Best ways of evidencing secure self-evaluation.
  • Preparation for inspection
  • A detailed guide as to the inspection process under the current Framework and how to best manage the process.

Session 3

  • Participants will use their own school’s data and collated evidence and begin writing the ‘Achievement’ section of their school’s self-evaluation, using a template provided by the tutor. The tutor will guide participants through the most effective writing style and model paragraphs to demonstrate the need for clarity in evaluative writing.

Session 4

  • As per Session 3, with participants moving on to writing their evaluation for the ‘Teaching’ and ‘Leadership and Management’ sections.
  • Summing up of the main points from the day and personal action plans/next step statements to ensure participants keep themselves on-track to complete their self-evaluation!
As part of our quality assurance policy, and to ensure courses are always up to date, we reserve the right to update, alter and improve courses without prior notice in order to encompass any emerging changes in legislation, framework, or government guidance.

Tutor information and feedback


Adrian has a successful and established track record in education which includes work as a headteacher in three very different schools over a period of fifteen years, following thirteen years as a class teacher. Whilst a Headteacher, he was also seconded to two schools that had been placed in Ofsted categories. Adrian has substantial school inspection experience, both as a lead inspector and team inspector, and as a School Improvement Partner working with eighteen schools in two Local Authorities (until the SIP role ended in 2011). He continues to work with a large number of schools across the country in this 'challenge and support' role. Adrian’s training and consultancy experience builds on his qualification as a 'Consultant Leader' and covers a wide range of pertinent issues. He delivers training that focuses on key school improvement aspects and works with leadership teams to develop a shared and coherent approach to school evaluation and the implementation of effective systems to monitor, evaluate and improve teaching and learning. School audit and review work provides leadership teams with evidence to aid planning and development. An increasing proportion of his work is focused on assisting schools in their preparation for inspection, ensuring that leadership teams are really clear as to what they need to know, how to present their self-evaluation and how to link the judgements together in order to gain an accurate and clear picture of the school's overall effectiveness.

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