Last reviewed on 10 May 2022
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Find out what you need to consider when conducting a work scrutiny for writing. Use our template and questions to help you carry one out.

Before you start

Decide a clear focus: what are you looking for? Where do you expect to find it?

Agree your criteria: what does good look like? What do you expect to see?

Decide on a work sample: this should be led by your focus.

Agree the scope: what sample of books will you need (considering age, gender, ability etc)?

Use our template and questions to record your findings and guide your thinking

Adapt it to suit your focus and context. It includes questions you may wish to ask yourself to help you complete the work scrutiny.  

There's space in the template to add:

You’ll find some sample text for a work scrutiny focusing on the quality of marking in English, to give you an idea of what this might