GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

Tools to support self-evaluation

There are many approaches to self-evaluation and a number of tools that will help support the process. Some tools allow you to engage in a more critically reflective evaluation and others simply offer a quick 'temperature check' which are useful but do not provide that opportunity to dig deeper that is required.

Reflective Questions These reflective questions provide areas for reflection and focus. They are not an exhaustive list but are very useful starting points.
Self-evaluation Wheels The self-evaluation wheels are really useful coaching tools to support the self evaluation process. You might find working with a coach helpful or simply use them yourself to reflect and ask some deeper questions about your engagement with the Professional Standards/key aspects of the Professional Standards.
Professional Learning Planning Cycle, see What is Professional Learning?

The Professional Learning planning wheel outlines useful questions at key stages of the professional learning process. They can help frame your thinking and connect together the elements of planning, self evaluation, professional learning and evidence.

Use these to help you focus on and identify your learning needs and consider the value and impact of these. This should connect with the relevant areas of the Standards and other influencing factors within your own context.

National Model of Professional Learning see What is Professional Learning? As you engage in your self-evaluation you will be thinking about the professional learning you have done and the future learning that may be useful for you. To reflect deeply about that learning it will be helpful to consider the nature of your professional learning in relation to the six dimensions identified in the National Model.
  • To what extent did your Professional Learning experience embed these dimensions?
  • Has your professional learning tended to lean towards one dimension over another?
  • If so, why do you think that happened and what difference does that make?
  • What might you do differently now?

Think about the way this connects to the relevant aspects of the Standards.

 Professional values into action

The professional values are at the core of the Professional Standards. The same values are reflected across the Standards and are relevant to all registered teachers regardless of post.

Specific advice and guidance about reflecting on the values is available. This should support your self-evaluation in this area.

Learning for Sustainability Learning for Sustainability is an integral part of the Professional Standards. It is important to consider this area in relation to your own understandings, context and practice. The tools on this page help to frame some key questions that will support your self-evaluation and relate this to relevant areas of the Professional Standards.
Professional Standards Comparison Tool You may find the Professional Standards Comparison tool useful in helping to support your self-evaluation. The tool allows you to view up to three Professional Standards side by side.