Ernment proposals for Ofsted inspections. Many of you will have read or heard about the Government’s White Paper: Educational Excellence Everywhere, published last week, announcing the transformation of England’s schools.
I thought it would be helpful to clarify what it could mean for inspection. Removal of the separate teaching, learning and assessment judgement The paper proposes that Ofsted removes the specific judgement on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment from our inspections of schools. Seven questions inspectors will ask schools under Ofsted's new regime. Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s chief inspector, today set out the biggest changes to education inspection in this country in more than 20 years.
Under the plans, schools currently rated good by Ofsted will be subjected to short, one-day inspections, led by an HMI (senior inspector), every three years. Sir Michael also gave some examples of the kinds of questions the HMI will ask. And according to the former academy headteacher, they are the type of questions every school leader should expect. School Data Updates. Despite the reduction in scale and scope of local authority education services over the past few years, their school improvement remit remains.
LAs have a responsibility to support and challenge schools, to intervene where necessary and to help drive up standards; the aim being for all pupils to have access to a good standard of education. School improvement teams rely on a number sources of data to gain insight into school performance; and use that data to identify schools whose performance gives cause for concern. Such schools may be below or close to DfE floor standards, have key groups that are underperforming, or show a downward trend over the past three or more years. Data sources that feed into the school improvement process include those in the public domain such as the DfE school performance tables, Ofsted reports, Ofsted data dashboard, and statistical first releases, which all provide vital information.
The FFT Governor Dashboard FFT Self Evaluation reports The future. OfSTED Outstanding? Just gimme some truth. I’m sick and tired of hearing things From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics All I want is the truth Just gimme some truth I’ve had enough of reading things By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians All I want is the truth Just gimme some truthI’m sick to death of seeing things From tight-lipped, condescending, mamas little chauvinists All I want is the truth Just gimme some truth nowI’ve had enough of watching scenes Of schizophrenic, ego-centric, paranoiac, prima-donnas All I want is the truth now Just gimme some truthNo short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me With just a pocketful of hope Its money for dope Money for rope Ok, so John Lennon wasn’t talking about OfSTED inspections, the farce of grading schools or the tendency for educational complexity to be brushed under the carpet of simplicity, as if everyone is too stupid to understand.
But the chorus kind of works doesn’t it? Just Gimme Some Truth!! 1. 2. 3. 1. What are @OfstedNews Now Saying? by. Ofsted published an updated version of the School Inspection Handbook on 31st July 2014.
This replaces the April 2014 version and also the Subsidiary Guidance (April 2014). This blog is for classroom teachers only and not for any other area of Ofsted inspections. Updates: If you have not spotted any Ofsted updates, you were most likely enjoying the summer holiday. Good on you! If anything. In summary : Thank you to @ASCL_UK for this summary. The updates – for classroom teachers – is condensed into the 8 sentences below, taken from the ASCL guidance. Teaching and learning: 26. In full: Any text highlighted in red is new for September 2014. Quality of teaching in the school: OFSTED 2014 July Updates. OFSTED as usual are seemingly busy moving goal posts while we are all off trying to recuperate.
Putting my cynical humour aside though, it is nice to see the subsidiary guidance subsumed into the handbook and what would appear to be a reduction in the amount of core texts that senior leaders need to be concerned about. There are new documents including The School Inspection Handbook July 2014 which is bigger than before since it now incorporates the guidance previously found in the Subsidiary Guidance document.
Heather Leatt has done a fantastic job of highlighting all the changes on her website here and the document is here. Ofsted School Inspection. Ofsted published an updated version of the School Inspection Handbook on 31st July 2014.
Ofsted’s new Inspection Handbook – a cause for celebration. As detailed by Old Andrew here, I attended a meeting with the new National Director for Schools Policy, Sean Harford in Birmingham on Friday 25th July.
This had followed a series of telephone calls and emails in which I provided “free consultancy” on Ofsted’s new Inspection Handbook. Whatever your ideological stripe, whatever your beliefs about the purpose of education, everybody can, I hope, agree that reforming Ofsted is in everyone’s best interest. During the past month Sean has “taken a scythe” to the 500+ pages of subsidiary and subject specific guidance to produce a slimmed down document that will be useful to inspectors, and that while schools should be aware of it, it should not be seen as in any way prescriptive. Designing the perfect computing curriculum. When pupils and staff return to school in September, a new computing curriculum will begin.
Jon Chippindall, a Year 5 teacher working in Manchester, discusses how teachers can make the most of the new setup. You Can't Fatten a Pig by Weighing It - www.suecowley.co.uk. Get yourself through Ofsted…the old fashioned way. As I was clearing out my cupboard before the start of term, I came across an old battered document.
A tried and tested guide for getting through a full ofsted inspection. I have included some of the main highlights. Do feel free to use them, share them maybe even improve upon them (that last bit is highly unlikely, I think you’ll agree). Enjoy. Engaging with an Ofsted Inspector An Ofsted inspector will at some point attempt to catch you off-guard by asking you questions. Watch out for their question openers as they often begin a cruel streak of questions with the simple opener: ‘Excuse me, may I have a quick word?’ Ignore and continue about you business.Pretend you are a first aid trained member of staff, say there is an emergency that requires your attention and leave using the nearest fire escape.State that they are in breach of their inspection procedures and contact your union.Clutch your knee and scream ‘Ow…why did you kick me?