Working with Independent School Review
Introduction and overview of Independent School Review features The options and benefits of scoring management practice
Help, advice and guidance Managing performance using balanced scorecard principles
The self-evaluation structure Outputs from the Balanced Scorecard feature
Department self-evaluation and improvement Strategic analysis using S.W.O.T. principles
Collated self-evaluation and improvement options at school level


The options and benefits of scoring management practice


When gathering self-evaluation information and collating the information in the ISR software it is not necessary to score current practice against each issue (quality statement).

If current management practice is scored, however, Independent School Review offers additional features each of which can provide benefits by comparing the scored management practice of departments, or houses. Heads of departments can then debate scored differences, share best practice and identify additional opportunities to improve.

These features are can be viewed if the Illustration Consensus 092006.ada illustration file, which is scored and accessed at File>Open, is open.

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Scoring takes place on the each of the screens for the 80 quality statements (issues). The scoring scales are simple and score practice from 5 to 95 in 10 digit jumps. The marker points are similar to those used by Ofsted in the maintained sector.

There is a button to access the school's management information system if quantitative information is required.

For scoring to be as effective as possible it is recommended that appropriate team sessions debate the position for each quality statement and agree a consensus score. It is recommended that these sessions are facilitated to ensure reasonable consistency. Otherwise, scores may not be consistent for comparison (see point 3 below)

It is possible, when scoring, to use the 'traffic lights' to make an issue critical (red), important (yellow) or relevant (blue). This enhances use of the features that are based on scoring.

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When scoring has taken place there are numerous bar chart screens to show the performance of quality statements (issues) as they relate to various inspection and quality standards and themes. There are bar charts to show:
  • the position for each of the 8 sections (click the Section Summary button on the issue scoring screen)
  • the position against the questions of the ISI Inspection Framework (illustrated), the sections of the CSCI minimum standards for Boarding Schools and the outcomes for Every Child Matters (click File>Support>Bar Charts on the main menu then the bar chart required)
  • the position when viewed in typical Improvement Stages (click Improvement>Improvement Stages on the menu bar)

A major benefit of scoring management practice is that practice can be compared. Practice this year can be compared to practice last year and the practice of individual departments can be compared if departments have been scored, individually.

The feature that brings scored self-evaluation files together for comparison assessment files is accessed by clicking Compare>Create Group File on the menu bar.

The bar charts for group files have chevrons to show the highest and lowest scores for a quality statement (issue) and there is the option to show the actual scores for a file in the group. There is also a feature to list, and print out, the scores of every individual file in the group file. This feature provides extensive internal benchmarking potential.

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There is a feature to show the position against the 3 national/ international quality standards which is accessed by clicking Standards on the main menu bar.

The text of the full criteria for each standard is provided and the Position screen shows the scores of related issues (quality statements) where scoring has taken place. Gaps in practice against the criteria of a standard can be identified.

The scoring screen for the issues (quality statement) and the action points can be accessed from this screen to support improvement management, as is seen necessary, for a specific standard.


All the 80 issues (quality statements) are able to be cross referenced to the 32 criterion parts of the highly respected EFQM Excellence Model. In Independent School Review there are 41 Enabler issues (management processes) and 41 Result issues. The EFQM Excellence Model feature can be accused by clicking Model>Overall Points on the menu bar.

A scored Independent School Review file will translate into a points score out of 1,000 against the criteria of the EFQM Excellence Model which can be viewed by clicking Overall Points

The position against each of the 32 criterion parts can be viewed by selecting a criterion at the top of the overall score screen. Double clicking a criterion part will access a bar chart that shows the scores of all cross referenced issues (quality statements)

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For product background details, prices etc. go to the website product page. Click here to download Independent School Review 3.4 and here to access a rapid software evaluation routine in .pdf format for department self-evaluation.