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Centralising self-evaluation across your trust

Centralising self-evaluation across a multi-academy trust (MAT) is a strategic move that can lead to improved consistency, collaboration, and accountability. In this insight we discuss the steps and considerations you can take into account.

Picture of Stuart Reece  Stuart Reece 30 October 2023

Centralising self-evaluation across a multi-academy trust (MAT) is a strategic move that can lead to improved consistency, collaboration, and accountability. Here are steps and considerations you can take into account:

1. Establish Clear Objectives and Goals:

   - Define the purpose and objectives of the self-evaluation process.

   - Ensure that the goals align with the overall mission and vision of the MAT.

2. Standardise Evaluation Criteria

   - Develop a standardised framework or set of criteria that all schools within the MAT will use for self-evaluation.

   - This may include areas such as teaching and learning, leadership, student outcomes, and community engagement.

3. Provide Training and Resources

   - Offer training to school leaders, teachers, and staff on how to conduct effective self-evaluations.

   - Provide resources, templates, and guidelines to support the process.

4. Implement a Digital Platform

   - Utilise a centralised digital platform or software like SchooliP for self-evaluation documentation, reporting, and analysis.

   - This allows for easy access, collaboration, and data tracking.

5. Schedule Regular Evaluation Cycles

   - Establish a clear schedule for self-evaluation cycles across all schools within the MAT.

   - Ensure that there are adequate timelines for preparation, data collection, analysis, and reporting.

6. Assign Roles and Responsibilities

   - Clearly define who is responsible for overseeing the self-evaluation process at each school.

   - Assign roles such as coordinators, facilitators, and data analysts.

7. Encourage Collaboration and Sharing

   - Foster a culture of collaboration among schools within the MAT.

   - Provide opportunities for schools to share best practices and learn from each other's experiences.

8. Implement Quality Assurance Measures

   - Establish a process for quality assurance to ensure that self-evaluations are conducted rigorously and consistently.

   - Include mechanisms for peer review or external validation.

9. Monitor Progress and Outcomes:

   - Regularly review the progress of self-evaluation initiatives.

   - Analyse the outcomes to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.

10. Feedback and Continuous Improvement

    - Provide feedback to schools based on their self-evaluation reports.

    - Encourage a culture of continuous improvement by setting action plans and follow-up assessments.

11.Engage Stakeholders

    - Involve various stakeholders including parents, students, teachers, and community members in the self-evaluation process.

    - Gather their perspectives and feedback to enrich the evaluation.

12. Maintain Accountability and Transparency

    - Ensure that there is accountability for the outcomes of the self-evaluation process.

    - Be transparent in sharing the results and action plans with all relevant stakeholders.

13. Adapt and Evolve

    - Continuously assess the effectiveness of the self-evaluation process and be willing to adapt and evolve based on feedback and changing circumstances.

By centralising self-evaluation across a multi-academy trust, you can create a unified approach to assessing performance and driving improvement across all schools within the trust. This approach can lead to a more cohesive educational experience for students and a stronger overall performance of the MAT.

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