Further information on the 6-point scale can be found on page 33 of How Good is our School? (4th edition).    It is recommended that the scale should be read in full before using it.  A brief summary is included here for information only.

Excellent – An evaluation of excellent means that this aspect is outstanding and sector-leading.

Very good – An evaluation of very good means there are major strengths in this aspect.

Good – An evaluation of good means there are important strengths yet there remain some aspects which require improvement.

Satisfactory – An evaluation of satisfactory means that strengths just outweigh weaknesses.

Weak – An evaluation of weak means there are important weaknesses.

Unsatisfactory – An evaluation of unsatisfactory means there are major weaknesses which require immediate remedial action.