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Improving Outcomes through School Self-Evaluation

Welcome to tonight’s Twitter Spaces.And tonight we are joined by Phil Denton as we talk about School Self Evaluation and how to make sure it is effective.

A study by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) found that schools that conducted a rigorous and thorough self-evaluation process were more likely to have improved outcomes for their pupils.

BUT the process had to be effective and included all stakeholders, including teachers, leaders, governors, and parents, in the process.

They also discovered how important it was to use a variety of sources of evidence, including pupil data, feedback from stakeholders & classroom observations.

And finally, and most important of all, an effective SEF should result in clear and actionable next steps for improvement, which are based on evidence and aligned with the school's strategic goals.

BUT …..It’s easier said than done isn’t it? And that’s where our guest can help tonight!

Tonight we are delighted to be talking to @PhilDenton81 from @edEvaluate

After many years in school leadership, Phil is now a leader for education companies based in Manchester and London.Not only that but Phil is an education speaker (and spoke at our conference last year),

and the author of The First 100 Days with Micky Mellon. Phil has had several articles published in the SecEd magazine, TES and other education publications.Welcome Phil, thank you for joining us tonight. Do you want to tell us a little bit about yourself.

So - tonight we are talking about writing a SEFPhil - tell us about the research that you have discovered from the people you work with about self evaluation. What are they telling you?

'It is extremely time consuming, rarely looked at throughout the year and often done in isolation.'

What was your experience of writing SEFs?Firstly we held meetings where we spoke about key priorities, we also sent out Qs to parents etc but it took so long. It would take up hours of our time.

What solution did you arrive at to resolve this?@EdEvaluate have provided questions written by experts in different areas and then choose a pre-populated answer. The SEF will then automatically generate areas of actions/strengths and feed into a SIP.

'We have had feedback from our customers that @EdEvaluate reduces the time it takes to complete the SEF significantly.'

'The SEF also covers areas such as SEND, EYFS and sixth form. Everything feeds into the SIP and it also generates other reports such as Govs and Finance.'

What about improvement of SIPs, specific areas and the people within a school? 'You can asign tasks to users so that they can have a project to work on. Everything is kept in one place, and attach evidence to it so that you have it when you need it. '

'Staff members also get email reminders to complete tasks and can mark it as complete. The system is flexible so that you can choose what you need and works best for you.'

How can our listeners find out about your service / products? ' Contact @phildenton81 or visit www.evaluate-ed.com - you can book a demo or get a free trial.

Quote of the day:'Data rich and workload light' by John Dunford.