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Extracts from reports by Ofsted inspectors of schools and academies which have used the ECARDA management toolkit:

Self-evaluation is used as an effective tool for improvement and action planning.

Good leadership and management mean that the school has an accurate view of its effectiveness. The school knows where it wants to go and what it needs to do to get there. Its capacity to improve is good because it examines its performance carefully and takes action to make things better.

The school’s processes for self-evaluation are thorough, and take account of the views of staff, governors, parents and pupils. Its self-evaluation is well founded and accurate. This leads to appropriate action to remedy identified weaknesses and to raise standards further through the school improvement plan.

The school’s self-evaluation is thoroughly founded in evidence from extensive monitoring of all aspects of the school’s performance by the staff and governors. The written summary is occasionally too cautious about the school’s strengths. Despite the current high level of performance, the school is always looking to improve, and is very well-placed to do so.

This is a school that knows its own strengths, is not afraid to say that it can do even better and has pinpointed the right priorities for improvement.

The headteacher has an accurate view of the school’s effectiveness and has pinpointed the right priorities to move the school forward.

The headteacher has an accurate view of the school’s effectiveness and has pinpointed the right priorities to move the school forward.

The school’s self-evaluation is excellent and leads to an accurate understanding of strengths and weaknesses.

The headteacher’s initial, detailed analysis of strengths and weaknesses provided a crystal clear view of exactly what needed to be tackled to raise standards. Effective response to these findings has successfully regenerated the school.

[The school] is fully aware of its strengths and areas where improvement is needed. Systems of self-evaluation are rigorous, well established and subject to very regular review. These take account of the views of all stakeholders, including parents. Self-evaluation is outstanding.