Ofsted's blog: Business as usual reaps the best results during inspections

8th December 2017 at 09:03

The message from Ofsted is clear, please don’t prepare for inspection

As teachers will know, there are many myths surrounding what Ofsted looks at on inspection. These often result in extra workload for already busy teaching staff.

The most important thing to remember is that Ofsted does not require anyone to prepare for inspection. It’s wasted time. Most importantly, what Ofsted does want is to see the school operating as normal.

Mike Sheridan, regional director, London, comments in our short film, “When we go into great schools, we tend to see that they are focused on the young people that they serve. They’re not looking to see what Ofsted wants. They’re looking to see what their children need.”

Schools will find what works best for their pupils and circumstances. There is no set, one-size-fits-all way of teaching. The strong message is, DO NOT prepare for inspection. And if you’re not sure of what’s fact or fiction, check out Ofsted's guidance – Ofsted inspections: myths and find out what Ofsted really looks at when it comes to:

  • lesson planning
  • self-evaluation
  • grading of lessons
  • lesson observations
  • pupils' work
  • evidence for inspection
  • statutory provisions.

These can be viewed alongside the school inspection handbook for further clarity.

Our full #OfstedMyths playlist of short videos highlights the most common myths.

If you know of any other myths we should be aware of, please get in touch and let us know.