National School Categorisation System

The National School Categorisation System aims to provide a clear structure to review how well a school is performing for all its learners, taking into consideration how effectively it is led and managed, the quality of learning and teaching, and the level of support and challenge it needs to do better.

The system helps identify the schools that need the most help, support and guidance to improve. It also identifies those that are doing well but could be doing better and those that are highly effective and could help and support others to do better.

Each primary and secondary school is placed into one of four colour-coded support categories which trigger a tailored support package.

National School Categorisation is not about labelling schools or creating league tables. It is about helping schools identify what factors contribute to their progress and achievement and what areas to focus on in order to develop.

For further information please view the parents guide below.

Parents Guide

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