SSE 2022 – 2026

Circular 56/2022 School Self-Evaluation: Next Steps September 2022 – June 2026 was released in August 2022.

2022-2023: Review year

During this year, schools are required to:

  • Use/Continue to use the SSE process to identify and reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on their pupils’/students’ educational experiences and outcomes, their wellbeing, their motivation to learn, and their engagement in learning.

It will be important that the information arising is used to plan learning experiences, programmes of work, and, as needed, relevant supports to ensure that all children and young people, including those with special educational needs and those at risk of educational disadvantage, are enabled to engage with and progress effectively in their learning.

  • Consider the requirements regarding use of the SSE process to initiate a wellbeing promotion review and development cycle by 2025 as set out in Circular 0032/2021
  • Take stock of the effectiveness of their SSE process to date, developing and consolidating it as necessary to ensure it is collaborative, inclusive and impactful.

The DES has also produced an updated version of Looking at our School: A Quality Framework for Primary Schools 2022 (PDF), which replaces the 2016 document. Looking at Our School 2022 is designed to underpin both SSE and school inspections.


View information on SSE 2016-2022 here:

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