One of the key purposes of Looking at Our School 2016 is to make SSE manageable, purposeful and more focused. Undoubtedly, schools will develop a variety of ways to use the framework.
Most schools will choose to follow the six-step process when engaging with SSE, (see the diagram above) that is laid out in chapter 2 of the guidelines. Circular 0040/2016 suggests that schools will engage in an investigative year ahead of the implementation of actions leading to improvement. The investigative phase essentially includes the steps Identify Focus, Gather Evidence and Analyse and make judgements. Below are links to two scenarios outlining how two post-primary schools have used the quality framework to support the investigation phase of their SSE process.