One of the key purposes of Looking at Our School – A Quality Framework for Primary Schools is to make SSE manageable, purposeful and more focused. We hope that 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 on the above) that is laid out in chapter 2 of the guidelines. Circular 0039 / 2016 gives schools the flexibility to engage in an investigative period ahead of the implementation of actions leading to improvement. The investigative phase allows schools the time for the steps Identify Focus, Gather Evidence and Analyse and make judgements. Below are links to scenarios outlining how two primary schools have used the quality framework to support the investigative phase of their SSE processes.