School Excellence self-assessment process

Download a print version (PDF, 60 kB) of the School Excellence self-assessment process or view the online version below. Click the title of each step for more detail.

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1. Reflect on the statement of excellence

What does the statement of excellence for the relevant element mean in our school?


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2. Think about your school’s practice

What are the practices in our school?

  • What existing practices in our school align with this element?
  • Why are these practices important
  • What is the impact?
  • What processes in our school plan align with this element?
  • How widespread are our practices?

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3. Identify your data

  • Where will we find the evidence of impact? What data will we use?
  • What existing school-based and system data would assist us in making the judgements?
  • How will we analyse our data?
  • How have we planned to evaluate the strategies in the school plan?

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4. Analyse your data

  • When we analyse our data, what does it tell us?
  • When we consider the data as a whole – what does it tell us?
  • What trends are emerging?
  • What practices are being demonstrated?
  • What impact do we see?

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5. Make a judgement

  • What can we reasonably conclude about our school?
  • Using the descriptors from the School Excellence Framework – which statements can our evidence support?
  • Would our conclusion be supported by others?

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6. Plan for the future

  • What do we need to do next or differently?
  • Are there any gaps in our evidence?
  • How can we capture our evidence in the future?
  • What strategies are required to improve our practice in this area? What else could we do? What could we do instead?

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7. Share your evidence

  • How do we communicate our evidence?
  • How do we share this with our staff?
  • How do we synthesise this for External Validation?
  • To what extent do we share this with our school community?

Visit the case studies page for practical illustrations of how the self-assessment process may look in different schools.
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