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Whole-school SCARF Scotland: Assessing and Evidencing

This page supports the development of your curriculum Impact. It guides you through the process of assessing and evaluating your health and wellbeing curriculum's impact. It also gives you examples of the wider impact of a whole-school approach on children's emotional health and wellbeing.

Key elements

A whole-school approach to emotional health and wellbeing will impact beyond the taught curriculum. Monitoring children’s behaviour, attitudes and attributes across all aspects of whole of school life will help to give you evidence of impact. 

The challenges of assessing Health and Wellbeing 

Effective teaching and learning in this subject will help children to develop a wide range of life skills and to clarify their attitudes and values in relation to many complex and sensitive issues.  As with other practical subjects these skills are not effectively assessed through written tasks alone. We provide assessment tools to help you capture children's emerging and developing life skills - including critical thinking, assertiveness, values clarification, decision making, managing risk, operating effectively within the peer group, identifying emotions and knowing how - and who - to ask for help, when needed, to name just a few - in a meaningful way.  

SCARF curriculum assessment tools

SCARF gives you a choice of tools so that you can tailor assessment of this subject within your school. Here's a summary of the different assessment tools.

Watch our short guide to SCARF's choice of assessment tools to help you choose and implement the one that best suits your school's approach to assessment. 

You can also use our Assessment in Health and Wellbeing - including RSHP - education film, designed to develop a deeper understanding of assessment in this subject, it's aimed at PSHE leads but will support all staff responsible for teaching Health and Wellbeing (including RSHP) education.

We're often asked about how progression is mapped across SCARF.  Although each school will have its own approach to this, we've produced some guidelines to support you in mapping progression within health and wellbeing.

Here are just a few of the many examples of how SCARF supports a whole-school approach to health and wellbeing. 

The Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust and the successful implementation of SCARF across all 17 of its primary schools .

Frizinghall primary school, Bradford and the impact of SCARF on children's behaviour and learning.

Windhill 21primary school, Hertfordshire and how SCARF supports excellent teaching and learning.

Ryecroft primary school, West Yorkshire - and the impact of SCARF that helped the school achieve excellent Ofsted inspection feedback.

This self-evaluation tool helps you to measure your school’s current health and wellbeing provision.  It supports school staff to:

  • Identify and record what's working well
  • Identify and record key areas for improvement
  • Gather and present evidence
  • Prioritise and create an action plan with support from the SCARF resources

The ability to use this data as evidence in a report can also be valuable in the inspection process.

Access the HGIOS self-evaluation tool (available to SCARF subscribing schools).