Self-Review and Evaluation

Self-evaluation is now an integral part of school planning and improvement. It is a continuous process, its importance recognised in the Ofsted school inspection process. For many aspects of their work schools have access to various schemes for self-evaluation.

The Diocesan Framework for the Self-Review and Evaluation of Catholic Education, originally established in 2002 and comprehensively revised in 2007 and again in 2013, is designed to assist schools in the process of reviewing the Catholic education which they provide, evaluating its content and planning its future development. It enables schools to systematically assess the nature of their Catholic identity and how effectively their pupils benefit from the curriculum and Catholic character of the school so as to inherit the teaching of Christ: "I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly." (John 10.10).

The Catholic school offers an education which is religious in both its context and content. There is no area of its life or curriculum which is not relevant to its Catholic character. However, because many aspects of school life are subject to review processes by such bodies as Ofsted and ISIS, the Self-Review and Evaluation of Catholic Education focuses on the following key aspects:


  • The school as a Catholic community
  • Curriculum religious education
  • Pupils' spiritual and moral development

The school’s self-review report and the evidence to support it will provide the structure and format for its validation by Diocesan validators. The Validation Report fulfils the requirements of Section 48 inspection and the Bishop’s right under Canon Law to inspect religious education in schools.


School Self-Review and Evaluation Handbook

Self Review Toolkit

Support for Monitoring Activities

Working with Others

 Guidance on Completing the Self-Review Sheets


Validation Toolkit


Guidance for Validators


Monitoring Process



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