School self-evaluation is a collaborative, inclusive, reflective process of internal school review. It is an evidence-based approach which involves gathering information from a range of sources and making judgements with a view to bringing about improvements in students’ learning. Self-evaluation requires a school to address the following key questions with regard to an aspect or aspects of its work:
- How well are we doing?
- How do we know?
- How can we find out more?
- What are our strengths?
- What are our areas for improvement?
- How can we improve?
The improvement plan is then put into action and is monitored and evaluated until practice becomes embedded. (School Self-Evaluation Guidelines 2016-2020, Department of Education and Skills, 2016)