School Self- Evaluation at The Russett School

Self Evaluation

At The Russett School we recognise the importance of evaluating and reviewing all aspects of school life to ensure we maintain and build on our high standards. In order to do this in a rigorous and coherent way, our learning difficulty school Cheshire has an annual programme of self-evaluation which includes responsibilities for self-evaluation held by senior leaders, classroom staff and governors.

Our programme of self-evaluation includes a range of activities including lesson observations, monitoring of teacher planning and assessments, learning walks around school, monitoring of the budget, questionnaires, monitoring of attendance and behaviour records.

Learning walks

What is a Learning Walk?

A learning walk is a focused visit through learning areas, to enhance pupil learning through providing a stimulating learning environment. This is about the next steps in improving practice, developing school wide focus and also about thinking about education for the future.

There are five stages to a learning walk – 5 F’s

Focus-Footwork-Follow up-Feedback-Future

How they will work

  • Senior staff will decide on the focus
  • The purpose and the focus will be shared with the whole staff
  • They will take place a maximum of Twice each term
  • The basis of learning walks is to review aspects as a whole school in relation to “what went well” and “even better if”.
  • Feedback from learning walks will be recorded and analysed by senior staff and shared with the whole staff team and at Curriculum Governors Committee.
  • Collecting evidence will be by observation, photographs, video (Ipad), work sampling, teachers planning and recording sheets.
  • Science & Behaviour

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant is provided to aid schools in ‘raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential’.

Department for Education 2016

The PPG per pupil for 2017 to 2018 is as follows:

Disadvantaged pupils Pupil premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £1,320
Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £935
Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority £1,900
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order £1,900

 For allocation and impact see Additional Funding Report 2016-17 , 2017-18 and 2018-19.


  •  16-19 Bursary Fund – Academic Year 2018-19

The 16-19 Bursary Fund for 2018/19 is available to help students continue in full time education and is targeted at those experiencing the greatest financial disadvantage.

Further information is available on the following website:

In order to qualify for the Bursary Fund payments students need to be resident in England and aged between 16 and 19.

The criteria for the discretionary awards have been agreed and are consistent with past years consisting of:

Band 1 – Students who are in care or care leavers, in receipt of income support/Universal Credit or receiving BOTH Employment Support Allowance AND Disability Living Allowance.

Band 2 – A discretionary payment for students who are in receipt of Free School Meals or families in receipt of tax credits and a household income of up to £16,190.

Only students who fulfill the criteria for Band 1 are guaranteed to receive a payment under the scheme of £1,200. Band 2 payments will be smaller and are dependent on funds are available when all applications have been assessed.

Evidence in support of the Band your child falls into will be required (photocopies are acceptable) before eligibility can be established. Applications cannot be processed without supporting evidence.

For further information on eligibility please call 01606 853005 during school office hours (Monday to Friday 8:30-17:00)