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Ofsted and inspection

Ever a significant aspect of working in the sector, even if occasional. The Ofsted common inspection framework has undergone a revision or two.

The 2018 version can be found on the Ofsted website.

Inspectors will make judgements on the following areas:

  • effectiveness of leadership and management
  • quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • outcomes for learners.

Inspections are scheduled according to the previous inspection result, so outstanding providers are exempt from a scheduled routine visit; good providers are re-inspected after 3 years; requires improvement providers 12-24 months; inadequate within 15 months but require a prompt re-inspection visit. Also the type of inspection varies similarly.

Short inspections are for good providers and full inspections for requires improvement and inadequate. All providers may be subject to monitoring visits and survey visits. Possibly of more interest to staff is that Ofsted inspectors no longer grade individual lesson observations, and they don’t expect to see particular documents in particular formats:

Inspectors are interested in the effectiveness of planning rather than the form it takes (CIF p 21)

The main focus is on the learning that is achieved.


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