Extended work scrutiny for schools – how to make it more about responsibility and less about accountability

Have you ever heard a work scrutiny referred to as a ‘work trawl’?

Yes it is an important cornerstone of school improvement but boy does the word ‘trawl’ ever conjure up images of boredom, pain, and just general tedium.

Tim Sully Extended Work Scrutiny 1

But it doesn’t have to be, especially if is used as a reflective tool for the whole staff to share in.

We all want to know where we are don’t we, how our children are performing in relation to those in the parallel class, or the class below or above?

Well if you photocopy and save work from a couple of consecutive days one week each (old) term and then archive it in such a way that the work from your class can be seen alongside the work of every other class, like a moment frozen in time, then everybody in the school will see if they are singing from the same hymn sheet!

You can check presentation, feedback, APP (or whatever system you use) and it is a moderation exercise. Simple, quick and easy. Then if you want to check that you are online, simply do another one and lay it out alongside your previous version and view the two side by side.

It works for every subject, including art, and will ensure that your children are making the progression you expected.

Let’s face it, data doesn’t tell us everything!

See Tim Sully’s book Conducting A Work Scrutiny here

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