Self Review Framework

The Self-review Framework (SRF) provides a structure for reviewing your school’s use of technology and its impact on school improvement.

It is designed to help you review your use of technology in a structured way, which will in turn help inform your overall school improvement strategy and plans. Additionally, because the Self-review Framework complements the inspection frameworks, its use can provide compelling evidence in support of your school’s inspection profile.

The purpose of the Self-review Framework is to support school improvement through a reflective practice that allows schools to measure and improve their provision against a well-researched and evidenced set of criteria such that pupils become digitally literate and are, ‘able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communications technology’.

The Framework is designed to support all schools, and all of the aspects are equally relevant to infant schools, special schools and early years settings as to mainstream primary or secondary schools.

The Self-review Framework is periodically revised following consultation with teachers, head teachers, and all leading stakeholders. A nationally constituted committee oversees the revision and maintenance of the Framework.  This ensures that it remains up to date and relevant with changes in quality standards, practices and use of technology to fully meets the needs of the large number of schools that use it to improve their provision for all pupils at all stages of their learning. The current version was made live in April 2014. A further revision was undertaken in 2017 and is currently being finalised with a view to launch in April 2018.

The Framework

The Self-review Framework is available in the online tool for a small charge (£50) with immediate access at There are some screenshots to give a taste of what the tool offers here. Additionally we have made a pdf version in English or Welsh available via free registration here.

2014 Revision – headline changes

  • The revision has sought to strengthen the role of e-safeguarding both in the school’s vision and use of ICT in the curriculum.  Five aspects have had additional text relating to e-safeguarding added.
  • Pupils are required to have an understanding of intellectual property rights. One aspect has been strengthened to include this.
  • A new aspect has been added to cover the contribution of pupils to their learning experiences.
  • An aspect has been removed that required schools to set targets for ICT capability.
  • The element covering professional development has been rewritten into a single strand with one less aspect.
  • Schools are required to have data backup systems in place.  One aspect has been strengthened to cover this.
  • Staff are required to have received some information security training.  One aspect has been strengthened to cover this.
Full details of the revision can be found in the ‘Self-review Framework revision 2014’ document.


Reward your success

Once your school has reached a certain level and completed the evidence sections for all aspects on the Framework, you have the option to apply for the ICT Mark, a national quality accreditation which celebrates your achievement and demonstrates your competence to others.  The ICT Mark threshold is level 2 for all aspects of the Framework.