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How good is our school? (fourth edition)

Last updated:
28 September 2017

What is this?

​Since 1996, How good is our school? (HGIOS) has become a nationally and internationally recognised brand, which underpins effective self-evaluation as the starting point for school improvement.

It is a key aspect of the Scottish approach to school improvement. The framework is designed to be used to support self-evaluation and reflection by practitioners at all levels.

Who is this for?

​How good is our school? provides a suite of quality indicators that support staff in all sectors to look inwards, to scrutinise their work and evaluate what is working well for learners and what could be better.


PDF file: How good is our school? (fourth edition) (1.1 MB)

PDF file: How good is our school? (fourth edition) - Gaelic version (1.84 MB)

This document illustrates how the quality indicators and themes in the framework relate to How good is our early learning and childcare?.

PDF file: Correlation between HGIOS and HGIOELC (140 KB)


Self-evaluation and improvement

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How good is our school library? supports evaluation and improvement of school libraries.