One of our series of podcast disucssions on school improvement
In this podcast, Dave Jobbings interviews Tony Thornley to gain insights into effective school-self-evaluation - based on Tony's first-hand experience as a school improvement partner (SIP) and inspector of schools.
After a most successful career as the head teacher of Guiseley School, on the outskirts of Leeds (UK), Tony worked at a senior level as an HMI within Ofsted and then at strategic levels within local authorities. Tony is now the managing directory of his own company (Tony Thonley Education Limited) and involved in an extensive range of school improvement activities with primary and secondary schools, local authoriies and national organisations.
In this podcast, Tony talks about the essential features in school self-evaluation, sharing a range of illustrative examples to highlight best practice and discusses the key areas many school leadership teams find the most challenging in reality.
Tony's professional experience and expertise is evident from his thoughtful and analytical approach to school self-evaluation. In discussion, Tony skillfully differentiates between the processes of monitoring and evaluation and provides guidance on the features of best practice within schools and the completion of the self-evaluation form (SEF) used to collate and record evidence for Ofsted inspection.
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