Evaluating the primary school classroom: checklist

Download and adapt this checklist to help you evaluate the physical space in your classrooms. It can help you identify areas for improvement, such as displays and organisation, to create a positive classroom learning environment.

Last reviewed on 9 May 2024
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  1. Download our primary classroom evaluation checklist
  2. See a school example

Download our primary classroom evaluation checklist

Our checklist covers:

  • Behaviour
  • Displays
  • Classroom organisation
  • Equipment and resources
  • Health and safety
KeyDoc: primary classroom evaluation checklist DOC, 216.0 KB

You can ask staff to tackle 1 section at a time to cut down on workload, or remove sections that don't apply to your classrooms.

Specific checklists

We also have comprehensive checklists to evaluate:

They may be more suitable to help you carry out an in-depth review of those areas.

There's no definitive list of features of a 'good' primary classroom

Ofsted hasn't produced any guidance on what inspectors will look for in primary classrooms.

Work with your staff on your approach to teaching and learning, and determine what particular classroom features will help support your vision. You can then decide what your expectations are for good practice.

Bonneville Primary School in Lambeth includes a checklist for

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