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Last reviewed on 9 August 2021
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School types: All · School phases: Primary

Use our SEF checklist and template to help you evaluate your school against the Ofsted framework. See examples of SEFs from a range of primary, secondary and special schools.

Ofsted doesn't expect your self-evaluation document to be graded or in any particular format. Any assessment you use should be part of your usual school improvement process and not for Ofsted (see paragraph 72 of the updated inspection handbook).

Checklist: identify your strengths and weaknesses 

KeyDoc: Self-evaluation checklist 2021

Use our checklist with your senior leadership team (SLT) to kick-start your evaluation process and help you write-up your self-evaluation form (SEF):

  • RAG rate your school against the grade descriptors for each judgement area based on the 2021 School Inspection Handbook
  • Pick out your strengths and include these in your SEF - this is a chance for you to celebrate what you're good at
  • Decide which areas for development are the most important for your school's improvement and add these into your SEF

Note that in order to reach an outstanding judgement in an area, your school needs to show

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