Leadership INSET : The Ofsted Ready Leadership Team

“Thank you so very much for the fantastic INSET yesterday. It was without doubt the best INSET I have attended and absolutely met my hopes of providing a ‘health check’ and ideas to energise, the buzz this has already stimulated has been great”.

Hilary Barry, Director of Studies, Highfield School


For all schools – whether good, outstanding or other – one of the most difficult and often distracting aspects of leading and teaching in schools is knowing whether everything is ‘OFSTED ready’.

The term implies that all systems, policies, practice and results are in place and open for scrutiny but good practice would say that preparation for Ofsted is a continuous process and can be recognised and accepted in many forms.

Do you know what Ofsted are looking at and for? Do you know how to satisfy lines of enquiry and how to predict questions and inspection themes?
Do you know what questions they may ask? And who they want to speak with?
Do you know what evidence if required to present within an inspection?
Are you aware of the current framework and the implications this has on teaching and leading within a school?
Are safeguarding systems secure in your school?

Leaders Day Outline

Understanding the OFSTED Framework and its implications on all aspects of the school, investigating: Leadership & Management; Quality of Teaching; Pupil Outcomes and Behaviour & Safety.

Knowing what evidence and documents are useful to have prepared and updated (including: ‘Progress over Time’) and identifying impact.

Exploring statutory and exemplary safeguarding requirements for schools

Knowing what data to present for inspectors.

Identifying strengths within the school

Understanding what governors, senior/middle leaders and teachers need to know and providing them with support

Embedding SMSC and British Values

Top Tips for an Outstanding judgement

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