SEF to Improvement
Helping you improve your school
enjoy and achieve
The SEF and IP are key documents which are integral to successful ongoing school improvement.
We, as Head teachers, felt strongly that there should be guidance and support for all Senior
Leadership Teams who are involved in shaping these documents. We have been committed to
producing a manageable document that will support and guide all school leaders through a robust
school self evaluation process.
The guidance takes the form of a model SEF and IP for an anonymous Bristol primary school, with
attached commentaries and guidance notes. We hope that the handbook offers an opportunity for
high quality discussion with your leaders, sharpens your school self evaluation procedures and
enables you and your teams to make accurate, well evidenced judgements about your setting and its
SEFs are a celebration of all that you do!
They are the story of your school and its journey. Our intention is that this Handbook will help in
alleviating fears, providing a step by step walk through a model SEF, enabling you and your teams to
present a true, informative and evaluative record of your school.
This work would not have been possible without the skills and expertise of David Potter (Consultant)
Ian Caskie (Adviser Governance and Leadership CYPS) and Jan Pritchard (Extended Services Networked
Learning Advisor CYPS) who have given of their time so willingly, always believing in the importance
of this work.
We also wish to thank Extended Schools and Services for funding this project,which reflects their
belief in the importance of partnership working in raising attainment and improving outcomes for
Kate Rowlands (Bankleaze Primary)
Angela Burridge (Brentry Primary)
Inge Fey (Elmlea Infants)
Brian Walton (Headley Park Primary)
Susan Eriksson (Millpond Primary)
Hilary Harris (Woodstock Special)
– and with the valuable advice of Liz Jenkins,