With Evaluate-Ed in place, we could get the whole team involved, not just our SLT, but also curriculum and pastoral leaders and governors. The feedback was very positive from all.
In terms of using the product, we compared what came from Evaluate-Ed to what we already had in our SEF and development plan. We did this termly but I know of other colleagues who use it far more frequently and this is something we intend to replicate.
Evaluate-Ed highlighted some areas of middle leadership we could improve and we did this through targeted CPD. This led to improvements in the quality of learning and teaching and pupil progress. As a result of using Evaluate-Ed, we also ensured all stakeholders had a greater involvement in school development planning and we were able to support our Governors in having a greater understanding of the school. This led to greater challenge and support from the governing body. It also reaffirmed what we knew were areas of strength and development. It also made us look more closely at the budget and the school development plan. Evaluate-Ed certainly accelerated our rate of improvement.
Going forward we will be using Evaluate-Ed far more frequently on key areas of development to monitor impact. The new developments in the product, such as the 60 minute SEF, will lead to significant time savings so more time can be focussed on implementing key actions to improve the school still further.
I would definitely recommend Evaluate-Ed. It is a powerful tool for a school at any stage of their journey.
The department reports which are created by HoDs enables for a quick and insightful view of their subject areas. This can then form the basis of line management discussions. It is also useful to see each of the different aspects of the school in the SEF and provides a useful point of reflection when completing the online form.
Assistant Head Teacher
Evaluate Ed provides a really clear structure for self evaluation. It is user friendly and produces helpful visual representations of your responses so you can review the strengths and weaknesses of your departments at a glance. Evaluate Ed is a really useful self evaluation tool for Section 48. It provides clearly defined criteria for gathering evidence for each section.
The features I like best are:
I also like the way it looks. It is visually very easy to understand and use which saves times.
Head of MFL
I found Evaluate-Ed a useful kit to:
Head of Computer Science
I found the evaluation very detailed and structured and I liked the way the questions were organised in four categories: leadership, intent, implementation and impact. It produces a comprehensive evaluation report which definitely helps a HOD to gain a better insight into the department’s performance, identify areas of strength and where more work needs to be done.
Head of Performing Arts
Evaluate Ed has been a really useful self-evaluating tool that has helped highlight areas of development, but also reaffirm areas of strength and good practice within the department. It’s particularly useful as it uses the format and language of the Ofsted framework, which enables us as HoDs to familiarise and practice answering questions and topics of discussion that are likely to be addressed as a result of a deep dive into the department. When the time comes, this is definitely be something that I will be revisiting to prepare myself for inspection. It will also be something that I will be referring back to regularly, as I intend to work on areas of development over time to continue to develop the department.