Ofsted's blog: Ofsted Inspectors reflect on their training

2nd February 2017 at 09:04

How practitioners have taken to their role as inspectors

Whether it’s face-to-face discussions, online training, webinars, shadowing and much more, all inspectors receive thorough training and the new breed of Ofsted Inspectors (OIs) are no different. We caught up with some to get their take on the training they’ve received.

Jeremy Rowe head teacher of Sir John Leman High School in Beccles and Executive Principal at Alde Valley Academy.  “I was passionate about learning to do it properly and didn’t want to rush in to it. I wanted to feel utterly confident in primary and secondary and from start to finish my training has taken around four years. I’ve now been on inspection for over a year.

“The training was professional and useful and our trainers were of a very high calibre. We worked in groups and everything felt well prepared. It’s also important to be guided by the lead inspector and the framework – that is really important.”

Jeremy Rowe, head teacher of Sir John Leman High School in Beccles and Executive Principal at Alde Valley Academy.

Clare Fletcher, Executive Headteacher, North Walsham Junior, Infant School and Nursery Federation.“The message was clearly delivered to us that Ofsted has no prescribed way of wanting information to be presented, nor data scrutinised. It was made very clear that we should be looking at the rationale behind leaders’ effective practices and not at the style of presentation. This seemed at odds with how headteachers were reflecting on their experiences, including myself to be honest.

“The workload hasn’t always been easy to manage during training because of the demands of my day job.  But I’ve made time as this is essential. Much like a pupil in school, I’ve continued to learn through my training and the inspections I’ve done, especially from the expertise and experience of Her Majesty’s Inspectors.

“My interpersonal skills have improved alongside my inspection skills as a result of the training and inspection work I’ve done. It’s given me a really clear insight into effective learning and teaching by having to step back and see practice from a different viewpoint. OI training should definitely be required training for all headteachers and aspiring leaders.”

Clare Fletcher, Executive Headteacher, North Walsham Junior, Infant School and Nursery Federation.

Janet Lewis, Headteacher, Brent Virtual School for Looked After Children.“I was inspecting with one of the Inspection Service Providers before moving to Ofsted in September 2015.

“The training was face-to-face as well as online. We also had a couple of webinars and the technology was high quality and worked well. They were helpful as they weren’t too long and easy to digest.

“The face-to-face training helped to place the focus on issues such as safeguarding, which was very good. It was also very valuable to meet with other OIs with similar experiences. It gave me the opportunity to have more interaction and share and explore issues in a ‘safe’ environment.

“Training does keep you up-to-date with what’s happening in schools and about any changes to the framework. You do learn a lot through inspecting and the more inspections we do the more we develop. Feedback from the lead inspector is very useful as is the refresher training.”

Janet Lewis, Headteacher, Brent Virtual School for Looked After Children.

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