Press release

4 January 2012

Ofsted-friendly system can help schools prepare for when the Inspector calls

School self evaluation can now be done in an easy, affordable way with the School Self Evaluation Tracker (SSET), a one-stop online solution offered by the National Foundation for Educational Research, the UK's leading independent educational and children’s services research organisation, in partnership with Target Tracker.

Developed by school improvement experts and practitioners, the SSET is a flexible self-improvement tool designed to complement the new Ofsted framework. It allows schools to collate, evaluate and add evidence in one place, and create self evaluation reports with a summary of the new Ofsted evaluation judgements for each criteria. Prices start at £99 +VAT.

This collaborative offering aims to build on the success of the existing Target Tracker SSET which has been taken up by more than 600 schools – predominantly in Essex, where the system has been developed.

David Crowe, Headteacher at The Boswells School, Chelmsford, said: “What it offers, crucially, is something aligned to the Ofsted schedule, that produces a coherent analysis of how the school views its own performance and also provides the opportunity to explain the evaluations and relate them specifically to the school.”

Diana Watson, Director of Sales, Marketing and Impact at NFER, said: “We are very excited to have this opportunity to offer the SSET to a wider range of primary and secondary schools across the country. It is an excellent tried and tested system that can deliver clear and accurate information to help schools plan for the future and improve the learning experience for their pupils.”

Two packages are available: Starter and Standard. The entry-level Starter package (£99 + VAT) includes basic reports; multiple permission levels; multi-user access; user guides and video tutorials; and unlimited helpdesk support. In addition to these features, the Standard package (£249 + VAT) allows schools to produce up to eight detailed evaluation reports and two action planning reports; a 3/5 year strategic plan; subject action plans; and a portfolio of key documents and data. Full details can be seen at /SSET2

For more information contact: Jane Parrack, Marketing Communications Manager at NFER on 01753 637245 / j.parrack@nfer.ac.uk; Sarah Fleming, Media & Communications Executive at NFER on 01753 637155 / s.fleming@nfer.ac.uk.

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About NFER

NFER is the UK’s leading independent education and children’s services research and assessment organisation making a difference for learners of all ages through world-class research. An independent not-for-profit organisation (registered charity number 313392), it provides evidence for a range of organisations from national governments and local authorities to schools, charities and private sector companies to improve education and the life chances of learners in the UK and beyond. NFER’s team of educational research experts is uniquely placed, working with a wide range of partners and associates, to produce authoritative evidence to support change. NFER identifies and tackles the important research questions of the future and uses its expertise to develop new products and services to make it easy for others, such as schools and teachers, to gather and use evidence to help them improve education, children’s services and classroom learning.

Whether providing research evidence for policy makers or to help improve practice in the classroom, NFER is passionate about making sure that learners are the ultimate beneficiaries of all its work. Established in 1946, it employs 150 people at its office in Slough, Swansea and York.www.nfer.ac.uk

About Target Tracker

Target Tracker is a part of Essex County Council, and has been producing software which supports schools in their task of raising children’s achievement and supporting school improvement since the late 90s. Currently, over 2000 schools all over England, and around the world, subscribe to its software.

The Target Tracker team comprises a mix of professionals from various appropriate backgrounds, including ex teachers and head teachers, all of whom have demonstrated effective use of pupil tracking and school development software. The team also includes highly skilled programmers and project managers who work closely with the local authority to ensure that Target Tracker software always takes account of the latest initiatives and driving forces in education.