Preparing for Inspection

Many schools leave it too late to prepare for inspection

Excellent, one of the very best I have attended Maria-Eleni Pevreall, HOD, King Edward’s Witley

Inspection is so often a cause of undue anxiety, unneeded unrest and untenable rumour. At JMC we believe the best way to face an inspection process is informed, prepared and with the confidence that you can aid the inspector in seeing that practice in your school is what it should be and more.

Our courses are here to help you achieve just this. With our detailed and current knowledge of the inspectorates priorities, approaches and requirements we can help you focus on what matters and what needs to be done to get the best from the inspection process.

Very thought provoking. I now find myself reassured and far, far better prepared for inspection.
John Paul Loker, Head Teacher, Dalesforth Primary School

Our in house trainers aim to leave your school having helped you unpick the inspectorates frames of reference and given your teaching teams more confidence and reassurance in readiness for when the inspector calls.

The focus of our courses can be adapted to your needs so please browse the current courses in the list below and let us know your priorities for us to tailor the course to best prepare you for your inspection visit.

Inspection courses

Preparing for a full Education Quality ISI Inspection

All of us found it a very useful ‘dress rehearsal’ for the real thing!   Piers Heyworth,  Headmaster Manor Prep Getting to grips with the new focus on Outcomes for Pupils • How will your school fare in the new inspections? • Can your staff readily identify the outcomes they seek? • Can they ensure […]


Preparing for an ISI compliance Inspection (including Boarding)

Very useful practical tips and information. Some immediate take home actions. Abingdon School • Is your school legal? • Do you know the rules, and are you following them? • How fast can you prove it? • Where is your evidence and is it easily accessible? • How current is your Self Evaluation Form – and who […]


Effective marking and evidencing for Ofsted

   If your current approach is unmanageable or disproportionate, stop it and adopt an approach that considers exactly what the marking needs to achieve for pupils Teacher Workload Review, 2016 Do you want to adopt a “meaningful, manageable and motivating” perspective to marking? Do you need the confidence to be able to reject decisions that […]

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Outstanding Academic Leadership of Departments and Schools

This ‘hands-on’ course looks at the criteria and processes that school leadership will need to both understand and apply to be graded outstanding/excellent within the inspection framework. The course highlights and explores many of the features of excellent provision and will offer delegates practical and applicable examples to make an instant impact within their own schools.


Raising Academic Standards : Pupil Progress and Achievement

Lots of good ideas that I can use tomorrow, exactly what I want from CPD  Alison Yates, Year Leader, Harlington Upper School Strategies to promote high levels of progress and achievement in the classroom With so much information available to teachers on improving teaching and learning we are left wondering: Which interventions really work? Which […]


Outstanding Learning and Progress at A Level

“Excellent ideas for classroom activities” Ben Burrows, St Paul’s School A practical guide on high impact teaching strategies for post 16 students Do you apply the full range of teaching strategies at Post 16? Do you understand the Ofsted criteria for judging Post 16? How do you personalise learning and differentiate for this age range? […]


High Impact Lesson Observations and Feedback

“The feedback from the middle leaders and SLT was overwhelmingly positive, they loved being able to share ideas and raise their concerns” Svetlana Bajic-Raymond, Deputy Head, Cotham School Strategies for Lesson observations, feedback and coaching to improve teaching and student progress Do your middle leaders feel confident in the skills of lesson observation? Can you […]


Assessment in schools after levels

“… all assessment and other processes should bring people back to the content of the curriculum (and the extent to which it has been taught and learned), instead of focusing on abstracted and arbitrary expressions of the curriculum such as levels”. Is there life after levels? How can pupils’ attainment and progress be assessed without […]


From Good to Outstanding: The Middle Management Team’s essential guide

Leading the Teaching and Learning from Good to Outstanding in your subject area, key stage or department. Do your middle leaders have the necessary leadership skills needed for the schools of the future and understand the link between successful leadership and school improvement? Have you got the strategic leadership skills necessary to work more effectively in a […]

Example of Feedback at The Dragon School

ISI Excellent Marking and Feedback

With the recent changes to the ISI framework it is essential that teachers and leaders get to grips with the new criteria. This course also presents practical ways to mark smarter and how the research shows that improving marking and feedback is the number one way of adding value to pupil progression and attainment.


ISI Excellent Teaching

Dispelling misconceptions, clarifying the criteria and sharing the theory and research behind the ISI approach. This course sets out what ISI defined excellent teaching looks like and how it can be identified and strengthened throughout the school.

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