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Create a ‘war room’ to win the Ofsted battle

If the inspectors launch an invasion, make sure you have an Ofsted base room that runs like clockwork...

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An Ofsted base room is the beating heart of any college inspection. It is the nerve centre (as well as a centre of nerves); it is the war room from which battles are planned and troops are sent forth; and it is the barracks to which loyal soldiers return, war-weary, to be debriefed and readied for their next attack. Get the base room right and half the battle is fought and won.

In a full FE inspection – with 10 inspectors on site, demanding several meetings a day for four days – it is impossible for the college leadership team to carry on as if it’s a normal week. The nominee, for example, is ...

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