Independent Review of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The government has launched the Independent Review of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).


This review could change every aspect of the TEF, from the names of ratings to the metrics used. This is our opportunity to create a framework for excellent teaching which really reflects what students want and pushes teaching to improve, rather than making providers compete against each other.


There are two ways to get involved:

  1. You can submit your own thoughts and ideas to the consultation until Friday 1 March, and we’ve prepared a briefing to give you some key things to think about. We have also published our response.
  2. On Friday 8 March, we will hold a consultation event for students’ unions in Leeds, where we will go through key areas of the review, and you can directly influence the Department for Education. Register here for more information. 
  3. On Wednesday 13 March, the Department for Education will hold an event in London for students and students' unions. Dame Shirley Pearce - Chair of the Independent Review, will be attending to hear about your thoughts on the Teaching Excellence Framework. Registration is open for this event.


Here is a message from Dame Shirley Pearce, the Chair of the Review, to invite you to the consultation events.



Dear students’ union representatives,


You may be aware that I have been appointed as the independent reviewer for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). Student views are really important to me for the review. As such, I would like to invite you to attend a listening session that I am holding specifically for students and students’ unions.


The listening session will take place in Grange White Hall Hotel, 2-5 Montague Street, London, from 16:00 to 17.30 on Wednesday 13 March and I very much look forward to meeting you and hearing your views where possible.

If you are unable to join the session, I do hope you will respond to the 'call for views' which can be found here.


If you do not have time to complete the call for views before the deadline, I would be extremely grateful if you could just answer the one key question below, responding via email to

  • Should the purpose of TEF be to provide information to students, or to help Universities (and other HE providers) improve the quality of their provision? Please explain your answer.

Further information about my review, advisory group and work streams of activity is available here.




Dame Shirley Pearce