Self evaluation framework

Self evaluation framework

A key question for all governing boards is whether they make the best possible contribution to the effectiveness of their school for the benefit of all pupils.

This framework supports governing boards in recognising their strengths and where they have made a difference, as well as identifying areas for development.  It will also help governors and school staff to check that governors are receiving the reports and information they need to carry out their strategic role.


The structure is linked to that of the Ofsted Framework (Revised Sept 2015) with sections on:

  • the leadership in, and management of the school;
  • the behaviour and safety of pupils at the school;
  • the achievement of pupils at the school;
  • the quality of teaching at the school.

There are two further sections on: governing board organisation; and development, recruitment and succession planning

The first four sections have a number of over-arching standards, which are supported by a series of criteria based on those in the Ofsted Framework and the Handbook for Inspectors.   Space is provided for governors to record their evidence of monitoring and impact against each criterion.  There are prompts and examples to support governors in their considerations.  At the end of each section there is a box for governing boards to record any proposed actions that are identified from the self-evaluation process.

To assist governors in completing the document electronically, an MS Word version of the Framework, may be downloaded from the link below. A highlighted changes version of the previous framework is also available below. 

Governing board Self-Evaluation Framework (Revised Nov 2015)
Governing board Self-Evaluation Framework Tracked Changes (Revised Nov 2015)
Governor SEF prompts and examples
Governor SEF prompts and examples tracked changes

Using the Framework

We recommend that the sections of the Framework are matched to committees or working groups/individuals and that completed sections and proposed actions are reported back to the governing board.  This will help all governors to gain an understanding of the governing board’s self-evaluation and collectively agree areas for development and for inclusion in the school improvement plan. Each section contains links to additional guidance or supporting documents in an appendix.

Whole Governing Board Training

Whole Governing board Training sessions are available for governing boards who wish to take this approach in starting their work on this Framework. Please contact the Governor Support team on 01296 383180. There are also sessions available in the Governor Development Programme.


We are extremely grateful to members of the School Governance Consultative Board working group for their valuable contribution and feedback during the development of this Framework.

We welcome your comments and feedback.

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