Becoming inspection-ready for Ofsted

Sian Evans
18th January 2019
Image of a confident teacher who is ready to be inspected by Ofsted

Conquer inspections and observations with confidence by exploring these helpful tips and hand-picked resources

Ofsted: probably every teacher’s least favourite two-syllable word. Up and down the country, staff are united by the fact that when that dreaded call comes in, it brings with it stress, sleepless nights and heightened emotions for already over-worked teachers. Quite simply, it creates panic.

While no one can control when Ofsted will come knocking, we can offer support, and a few carefully selected resources, to make the process less painful. After all, regardless of who is walking in to your classroom, there is still a lesson to teach. And, while teachers are no longer graded on individual lessons, we know the team-player within you will be keen to shine.

Planning and teaching the Perfect OFSTED lesson

This is a guide that I have compiled based on training and reading I have received on how to teach the Perfect (OFSTED) lesson. It is based on Marcella McCarthy's spider strategy which helps you remember the 6 basic requirements of an outstanding OFSTED lesson and i have also included advice, theory, strategy and possible activiities and guidance from Jackie Beere, Phil Beadle and Robert Powell. The idea is that it could be used for training but also just to inform you on how to plan better in case of an observation/inspection. (An accompanying PPT to follow!)
By blackfriary

5 minute progress checks

Check for progress, for pupil use
By yosemitelover

Elements of an Outstanding Lesson - cards

These cards cover the different aspects of 'Lesson Assessment'. Cross reference with the 'Elements of an outstanding lesson' - Checklist Many teachers prefer to break the lesson down into smaller parts when planning and reflecting. Use these cards alongside 'The Outstanding Lesson' which is also presented as a pack of cards. Have Fun!
By EffectiveTeacher

Teachers TV: Observation

Miranda Krestovnikoff heads to the rescue of trainee teacher Michaelina, who wants some advice on classroom observations. Michaelina is in her second placement school and is worried about Ofsted, passing her NQT year observations and getting the most from observing other teachers. To try and answer her questions Miranda meets up with Australian body language guru, Allan Pease, to find out how to avoid looking nervous. She then asks former school inspector turned best-selling author Gervase Phinn if it's possible to pull the wool over the inspector's eyes. Finally Miranda has a chat with Rona Tutt, the past president of the NAHT, for advice on how to do your best in inspections and what sort of feedback to expect from observations. Will all this advice help boost Michaelina's confidence?
By Teachers TV

Geography Pupil Check In / Pupil Voice

After a recent Ofsted inspection our department has come up with a 'Check in System' in for pupils to review how they like learning.

This form has worked wonders for us and has allowed us to get to know our pupils, especially our PP pupils (Pupil Premium), SEN & MAP (More Able Pupils) much better.

All student need to make progress (Especially since the introduction of the Progress 8 scores)From using these forms we have come up with strategies to help students who are not attaining or reaching their target grades and we have initiated intervention strategies. (All which Ofsted love!)

Claddagh Classrooms
By Claddagh Classrooms

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