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Innovative tech solution solves school improvement plan headaches.


Hello! My name is Jonathan Coy, and I am a co-host of HeadteacherChat. I am delighted to have been given access to Evaluate-Ed, from TheSchoolBus, to see what they have on offer to support schools and I thought you would be interested to know what I discovered! Read the full review below...




How does Evaluate-Ed describe their product?


“This is the most dynamic self-evaluation and improvement tool that has ever been created in the education sector. The software asks you all the challenging questions about every aspect of running a school and tells you what outstanding or good looks like. The software highlights all the outstanding areas of the school and flags up any areas for development. It’s simple to use, very intuitive but extremely powerful in the analysis of your school, academy or trust,”

Howard Jackson, chief executive officer, Hub4Leaders.


What does it enable you to do:

  • Evaluate-Ed takes the pain out of school improvement. It provides an ongoing, dynamic analysis of school progress against improvement plans.

  • The government is encouraging MATs to grow and merge. For MATs, Evaluate-Ed offers fast, accurate performance comparisons across schools within the trust. It also assesses whether prospective schools will fit into the trust family and highlight any risks or areas of concern.

  • Use short cycles to meet school improvement objectives. Record your progress towards targets.

  • Provide up-to-date and evidence-backed self-evaluation via a single link – perfect for remote access.

  • Understand strengths and opportunities for improvement. Access expert advice to help you move towards ‘outstanding’ in every competency.

  • Simple to use, intuitive, and powerful in the analysis of your school, academy or trust.

  • Video micro-consultations from sector experts help to explain next steps and common pitfalls to avoid.



What does Headteacher Chat think?



We believe Evaluate-Ed would be invaluable in supporting any school to achieve their school improvement goals. It’s highly intuitive software, which made it easy for us to get going without the need for lots of training. This makes it so much more efficient than creating/running your own school improvement plans. Evaluate-Ed will transform your reporting. All your school improvement planning in one place, online. Secure, yet easy to share, it puts leaders in control of their school’s improvement journey.


The extensive data generated provides evidence for your school plan and inspection preparation, and we can see how information gathered could help you to quickly see what is working well and what needs to be improved! There are a handful of subscription options tailored for school types and there are even separate options for smaller schools! This makes pricing extremely competitive, and we think this product will undoubtedly save you money and a lot of admin time.


“Teachers and leaders have for too long been subject to an assortment of external evaluations and assessments, both local and national, that require responses. Many of these demands need reports or analysis which are very time consuming and often repetitive. Evaluate-Ed software provides schools with a bespoke central source from which to create their own evaluations, monitor progress effectively, produce and update reports speedily to meet their own school priorities, external expectations or both. Evaluate-Ed is the heart of self-assessment, monitoring, analysis and feedback processes which will impact positively on a school community,”

John Croghan MEd, BA, Cert Ed, school consultant, mentor and governor.


Benefits of using Evaluate-Ed

  1. Understand every strength and opportunity for improvement in your school, academy or MAT and instantly access expert advice to help you move towards outstanding in every competency.

  2. Provide your Trust, RSC, inspector, governing board, trustees and other stakeholders with an up-to-date and evidence-backed self-evaluation via a single link, perfect for remote access.

  3. Stop relying on 12-month improvement cycles. Use shortened improvement cycles to meet school improvement objectives quickly and record your progress towards targets.


In summary, HeadteacherChat recommends Evaluate-Ed because:


“We have found the use of the most dynamic self-evaluation and improvement tool on Evaluate-Ed to be an invaluable tool in being able to obtain information easily and efficiently and were really impressed with the level of analysis for all of the reports. If you are looking for ways to monitor and evidence school improvement, then we’d highly recommend this product”.

Jonathan Coy, HeadteacherChat.


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