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School inspections: Ofsted myths


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This mythbusting presentation for teachers and school leaders sets out the facts about what inspectors do and don't expect during school inspections. Feel free to download and share this with colleagues, members, school staff and other interested parties.

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School inspections: Ofsted myths

  1. 1. School inspections: myths Mike Sheridan, Regional Director, London June 2016
  2. 2. #OfstedMyths | 2 School inspections: myths You may have heard some myths on what Ofsted expects around: lesson planning grading and observation self-evaluation marking and pupil feedback. Watch Mike Sheridan talking about the facts in slide 3.
  3. 3. #OfstedMyths | 4 Inspectors are interested in the effectiveness of planning rather than the form it takes. We don’t specify: how planning should be set out the length of time it should take the amount of detail it should contain. And we don’t need to see individual or previous lesson plans. Planning for learning
  4. 4. #OfstedMyths | 5 Self-evaluation Choose a format that’s right for your school. Self-evaluation should be part of the school’s business processes – not just for inspection.
  5. 5. #OfstedMyths | 6 Grading of lessons We don’tWe don’t gradegrade individuaindividua l lessons.l lessons. We don’t grade the quality of teaching or outcomes in the individual lessons visited.
  6. 6. #OfstedMyths | 7 Lesson observations We don’t:  expect schools to carry out a specified amount of observations  need to see specific pay grade details of individual teachers that we observe.
  7. 7. #OfstedMyths | 8 We don’t expect to see a particular frequency or quantity of work in pupils’ books or folders. Pupils’ work – in books and folders We understand that this depends on the subject being studied and the age and ability of the pupils.
  8. 8. #OfstedMyths | 9 Marking and feedback We don’t expect to see any specific frequency, type, volume or written records of all feedback.  It’s for schools to decide through their assessment policy.  Inspectors will look to see if that policy is being applied by teachers.  If it isn’t, that will be an issue for the leadership & management to resolve.
  9. 9. #OfstedMyths | 10 We take a range of evidence into account …  published performance data  school’s in-year performance information  work in pupils’ books/folders/online  how teaching and learning is routinely monitored and its link to teachers’ performance management and standards but we don’t expect you to prepare this specifically for inspection. Evidence for inspection
  10. 10. #OfstedMyths | 11 Evidence for inspection We don’t expect: schools to provide evidence beyond that in our inspection handbook teachers or pupils to do work specifically for the inspection evidence of the sub-headings in the teachers’ standards for each teacher performance and pupil-tracking information in a specific format for the inspection. Just use the format you’d ordinarily use to monitor the progress of pupils.
  11. 11. #OfstedMyths | 12 Read the school inspection handbook: More information See our mythbuster doc: See our short #OfstedMyths films:
  12. 12. Ofsted on the web and on social media @Ofstednews