A Stronger Emphasis on Groups in the new SEF

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You will already be familiar with looking at the attainment and progress of different groups of pupils from RAISEonline. The new evaluation schedule broadens this segmentation into many more areas and creates an expectation that the views of groups of pupils about such things as behaviour and safety should be considered when completing the SEF.

In fact, the new evaluation schedule is peppered with references to 'groups', whilst being deliberately vague about the definition of which groups should be considered.

Summarising across all sections of the SEF, groups could comprise:

  • Boys and girls
  • Minority ethnic groups
  • Looked after children
  • Pupils eligible for free school meals
  • Groups with different prior attainment
  • Gifted and talented
  • Pupils speaking English as an additional language
  • Those with special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • Any other significant groups identified by the school

The key word here is 'significant'. The school will need to decide for themselves which groups are relevant to them and which aren't.

Groups should be considered in relation to the following areas of the SEF:

  • Attainment
  • Quality of pupil’s learning and their progress
  • Pupil Safety
  • Pupil Behaviour
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Pupil contribution to community
  • Attendance
  • The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils’ needs
  • The effectiveness of care, guidance and support
We would expect to see more and more emphasis on groups in the future, across a wider range of areas!

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