Ofsted's blog: Evidence for inspection – what inspectors want to see

13th September 2017 at 09:02

In our short video Mike Sheridan, Regional Director, London, dispels more myths. He talks about what Ofsted inspectors want to see when they inspect.

Mike says, “Ofsted is looking to see what works well. We never want schools to look for a particular style of marking, assessment or way of grading lessons to suit inspectors. We want schools to make decisions based on what they think is right for their young people, not on what they think Ofsted wants to see.”

The school inspection handbook sets out the evidence that Ofsted expects schools to provide for inspection.

Ofsted will take a range of evidence into account when making judgements. Unnecessary or extensive collections of marked pupils’ work aren’t required for inspection.

Teachers aren't expected to take on extra work or to ask pupils to undertake work for the inspection. This isn’t required.

Ofsted wants to review the information that the school uses routinely. It isn't looking for more evidence generated for inspection.

Many other myths continue to circulate about what inspectors look at on inspection. Besides the school inspection handbook, another useful resource is our mythbusting document. This helps explains what Ofsted looks at on inspection.

To find out about other common myths watch the #OfstedMyths playlist on YouTube.

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