Ofsted's blog: Pupils’ books and folders – what inspectors are really looking at

30th August 2017 at 09:00

In our short video (which can be viewed on the right-hand side of the Ofsted blog home page here) Joanna Hall HMI, Deputy Director for Schools, dispels more myths. She talks about the frequency and quantity of work seen in pupils’ books or folders.

Joanna says, “There’s no need to write everything down – it depends on the subject, ability and age of the pupils.”

It's recognised that written and oral feedback is important.  Marking and feedback are of course a crucial part of assessment to help pupils learn. But despite that, inspectors won't be expecting to see any specific frequency, type or volume of marking. What they will expect is that a school decides what’s required, based on its assessment policy and that every teacher understands and puts the policy into practice.

Every school policy will be different.  A policy needs to take into account the subjects and the various age groups of pupils. Only by doing this can a school be effective and efficient in promoting learning.

Many other myths continue to circulate about what inspectors look at on inspection. The school inspection handbook is a good first port of call to clarify any queries. 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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