M&E: Quality Standards
Find the Quality Standards for monitoring, evaluating and reviewing the impact of school improvement processes on pupil progress and attainment, exemplifications and a self-assessment tool.
Quality Standards and exemplifications
The Quality Standards for monitoring, evaluating and reviewing the impact of school improvement processes on pupil progress and attainment will help you to review and improve current practice in your school.
Select a heading to read the Quality Standard and related exemplification.
- Monitoring and evaluation leading to sustained improvement
Quality Standard a
The school's planned monitoring and evaluation activities ensure all actions relating to the school’s improvement priorities are implemented efficiently and the impact on pupil outcomes is evaluated effectively leading to sustained improvement.
This should focus on ensuring:
- improvements in outcomes for all pupils, particularly the accelerated progress of pupils identified as making slow progress, stuck or falling behind
- improvements in the overall quality of learning and teaching to ensure it is at least judged good or better
- improvements in the curriculum provision to ensure it meets the specific needs and interests of all pupils
- improvements in pupils’ attitudes to learning and/or school.
- Using a range of evidence to make judgements
Quality Standard b
Senior leaders use a range of evidence to make judgements about individual pupil progress, the quality of learning and teaching, and the appropriateness of the curriculum provision.
Overall judgements about the quality of learning and teaching, the appropriateness of the curriculum provision and pupils' attitudes to learning are based on a range of evidence including; pupil progress and attainment data; outcomes from pupil progress meetings; focused observations of learning; scrutiny of pupils' work and discussions with the pupils.
- Pupil progress meetings leading to specific actions
Quality Standard c
Outcomes from pupil progress meetings lead to specific actions to improve outcomes for identified pupils.
Pupil tracking information and related evidence is used effectively in termly pupil progress meetings by senior leaders and all staff to discuss individual pupil progress to demonstrate and celebrate success and pose and answer questions relating to pupils identified as not making adequate progress. This then leads to specific actions to ensure the necessary improvements.
- Monitoring and evaluation informing the single plan
Quality Standard d
Termly monitoring of actions and the evaluation of outcomes leads to ongoing revision and refinement of school's single plan.
Following monitoring activity, senior leaders evaluate against the intended impact of planned actions on individual pupil progress, attainment and learning.
As a result of monitoring and evaluation, planned school actions are reviewed and refined and the outcomes, measurable success criteria and milestones are revised within the school’s single plan, where appropriate.
- Professional accountability of all staff
Quality Standard e
Senior leaders ensure all staff are held professionally accountable for the progress and attainment of their pupils.
Performance management procedures and pupil progress meetings are used in order to set appropriate targets for improvement, discuss possible barriers and plan next steps to ensure all pupils make good progress to achieve or exceed the end-of-year expectations that are set for them.
Discussions about overcoming identified barriers take account of a range of factors, for example, an individual pupil's poor attendance; lack of emotional and social skills to aid learning; poor attitude to school/subject/peers; specific gaps in their knowledge and understanding of a subject; specific learning difficulties; physical disabilities; poor language skills or lack of understanding of key mathematical or literacy concepts.
- Sharing outcomes of monitoring
Quality Standard f
Senior leaders discuss and agree the key outcomes that emerge from termly monitoring and evaluation activities and share the outcomes and subsequent actions with all staff, stakeholders and partners, including governors.
Outcomes and specific actions that have emerged from a judicious combination of pupil progress meetings, scrutiny of pupils' work, observations of learning and discussions with pupils, are discussed across the leadership team and shared effectively with all staff, stakeholders and partners including governors each term.
- Pupil conferencing
Quality Standard g
Pupil conferencing is used effectively to engage pupils in their learning and develop and refine provision, leading to improved pupil outcomes.
All pupils are able to reflect on, control and improve their learning through effective classroom Assessment for Learning (AfL) practices and regular pupil conferences with their class teacher, particularly pupils identified as not making the appropriate rates of progress.
Outcomes from pupil conferences support the development of the curriculum, improvements in learning and teaching and improved behaviour or attitudes to learning that in turn supports improved outcomes for pupils.
Quality Standards self-assessment tool
Download the Self-assessment tool for monitoring and evaluation (M+E) (DOC-82 KB) Attachments . This tool will help your school leadership team to review and improve current practice and identify development needs.