Questions, methods and tools to help you evaluate your school linking work and other SLN related programmes, with examples of previous evaluations.
SLN recognises that an important part of any successful linking programme is the continual process of reflection and evaluation. We provide tools to assist in evaluation and encourage schools to measure attitudinal change over time.
For any individual, school or group running a community cohesion project, time and space for reflection provides an opportunity to track progress, notice attitudinal change and monitor the impact of the linking work for evaluation purposes. It also helps with the completion of the Ofsted Self Evalution Form (SEF), which asks for evidence of impact regarding community cohesion.
When completing your school’s SEF, it is also important to remember that Ofsted will look for evidence of impact, not mere description of activity. Measurement of attitudinal change over time will also be useful in the completion of the School Report Card.
In addition, the recent White Paper Your child, your schools, our future: building a 21st century schools system also asserts that evaluation is a key accountability mechanism for school improvement.
Reflection and evaluation in schools linking projects is often carried out, using journals/sketch books/videos/blogs/podcasts to record the students’ and teachers’ journeys of exploration. These practical and creative methods are now proven methods of reflection and evaluation within linking programmes.
There are also questionnaires and guidance that can be used to compare baseline and endpoint thoughts and feelings. Althought it is not an exact science these can provide more quantifiable evidence which may be useful is some contexts.
These practical and creative methods are now proven methods of reflection and evaluation within linking programmes.