Preparing for Inspection

Inspection

JMC were instrumental in our preparation for a recent I.S.I. inspection and were a source of great encouragement and guidance. Very evident in the report, where the highest possible judgements were obtained, was observed evidence of this input from John and his team.

Mike Rees, Headmaster, St. Michael’s Preparatory School

Inspection is so often a cause of undue anxiety, unneeded unrest and untenable rumour. There’s a million ways to start flustering yourself when Ofsted or ISI come knocking. At JMC we believe the best way to face an inspection process is informed, prepared and with confidence. It’s a case of breathe, relax, and take our advice , based on many years of experience. You can aid the inspector in seeing that practice in your school is what it should be and in many areas, much more. Our mentoring , training courses & mock inspections are here to help you achieve just this.

Pre- Inspection Mentoring

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. One of our inspection team can work with your staff for a day in a mentoring role supporting your preparation in key areas such as compliance, safeguarding, SEF preparation etc

Pre- Inspection Training

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.

Training could focus on areas such as:

• How to prepare for an inspection
• What are inspectors looking for on an inspection
• A breakdown of the schedule for an inspection
• How to work with Ofsted or ISI

Mock Inspections

Many Senior leaders, Governors or School Proprietors are looking to ensure the highest outcomes in their inspections and ask JMC the support the school by visiting and carrying out a ‘mock inspection’ – for more details click here

Our team continue to act as mentors or critical friends in these inspections helping your staff identify and issues and suggesting solutions.

External Self Evaluation (ExSEF)

Would you like our inspection team to visit and then help you complete your SEF? Our ExSEF service casts a critical eye on your self evaluation with the framework in mind , suggesting ways to evidence standards and improve outcomes.

We have a range of packages which our office team would be happy to discuss with you.

Email : enquries@jmcinset.com or complete our contact form

“JMC provided bespoke training for us. It was well researched, up to date and delivered with real enthusiasm. I have no hesitation in recommending this company to other schools”.

Michele Jones Deputy Head, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School

Whole school and Lead team INSET for preparing for inspection

Lesson observations

INSET : How to make lesson observations meaningful

“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…

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Deep dive

How to Prepare for an Ofsted Deep Dive

The new Ofsted framework really gives more time for Ofsted inspectors to look at lines of enquiry and subjects in some depth: the now-famous Jacques Cousteau ‘deep dive’. This should…

relationships education

PSHEE INSET: Primary Statutory Relationship Education September 2020

“Very useful day with plenty of practical activities and resources to share/use with staff” Karen Davies, Blockley C of E Primary School Relationship Education, Sex Education, and Health Education What’s…

ISI BSO

Inspection INSET : Securing Excellence in ISI BSO EQI

Getting to grips with the new focus on Outcomes for Pupils • How will your school fare in the ISI BSO inspections? • Can your staff readily identify the outcomes…

INSET : Excellent Pupil Outcomes for All students

Impressed by both the content and the delivery Joe Thackway, Head, Crescent School Improving Pupil Outcomes across the school The quality of education in a school is judged by the…

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CPD for schools

INSET : Excellent Teaching & Learning for ISI

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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Knowledge Rich Curriculum

INSET: Developing a Knowledge Rich Curriculum in Science

“Really engaging tutor who clearly knew his stuff” Sadia Mirza, HOD, Dr Challoners High School • Do you know what the changes that Ofsted are proposing?• How articulate are you…

Deep dive

Ofsted 2020 INSET : Preparing for a Curriculum Deep Dive

“Absolutely brilliant, I feel so much more informed and energised” Katherine Letts, Director of Science ( Core Leadership Group) , St Laurence School The Ofsted Ready Department: Preparing for a…

departmental leadership

INSET : Outstanding Departmental Leadership

Leading the Teaching and Learning 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…

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Inspection INSET : Securing Excellence in ISI Compliance

Very useful practical tips and information. Immediate take home actions. Abingdon School • Is your school legal? • Do you know the rules, and are you following them? • How fast can…

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curriculum design

INSET : Curriculum Design: Intent, Implementation & Impact

This INSET cuts through the complexity of the issues and highlights common themes to support successful curriculum design” Tim Jones, Deputy Head, Knowle Park Primary School Curriculum Design With a…

EQI

Inspection INSET : Securing Excellence in ISI EQI

All of us found it a very useful ‘dress rehearsal’ for the real thing! Piers Heyworth,  Headmaster Manor Prep Getting to grips with the EQI focus on Outcomes for Pupils…

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6th form

Post 16 INSET : Outstanding Learning & Progress in 6th Form

“Feedback has been extremely positive about last night’s training – ‘One colleague even described it as “life changing”. Andy Backwell, Head of 6th Form, Malmesbury School A practical guide on…

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Ofsted 2020

Ofsted 2020 INSET : Deep Dive Marking & Feedback

“Has really helped me confirm how I need to address the marking policy” Katherine Hyland, Assistant Head, St Anne’s Catholic School for Girls Ofsted 2020 : Greater focus on teacher…

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Leadership INSET: Enabling Collective Teacher Efficacy (CTE)

When everyone in a school believes that together they can make a difference, the impact on student attainment can be almost quadrupled Rachel Eells, 2011 An Effect size greater than…

Leadership INSET : Ultilising Data and Leading Assessment

“… 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…

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academic leadership

Leadership INSET : Outstanding Academic Leadership

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.

EYFS

EYFS INSET : Achieving Outstanding Early Years Provision

Very informative, lots of thought provoking ideas Tanya Cross,  Assistant Head, Inglehurst Junior School Do you know what outstanding looks like in EYFS? Are you able to evidence it in…

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Ofsted 2020 INSET : The Ofsted Ready Leadership Team

“A really helpful session covering all areas of the new Ofsted framework. The suggested questions are really useful” Laura Creswick , Assistant Head , Teaching & Learning, Nailsea School Is…

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SRE

PSHEE INSET : Statutory Sex & Relationship Education ( SRE) for 2020

“Excellent! Very clear and direct. Covered a lot of content in an engaging manner. The course also helped me with SRE strategies.” Adam Tyson, Housemaster & Head of Wellbeing, UCS…

Outstanding Implementation

INSET : Outstanding Implementation of T&L

“Lots of new ideas to try out and great discussions ” #alwayslearning Highcliffe School Learning & Teaching Steering Group ( via Twitter) Will your school achieve or maintain Outstanding in…

Ofsted Ready Leader

Ofsted 2020 INSET: The Ofsted Ready School

In September 2019 Ofsted’s new Inspection framework comes into effect – is your school ready? According to Ofsted we can expect that ‘these changes will move Ofsted’s focus away from…

INSET : Marking & Feedback Advanced Practice for Schools

Transformational David Luard, Northcote Lodge School   Beyond Triple Impact Marking – making marking meaningful, manageable and motivating again!   Just 45 per cent of primary and 44 per cent…

Mpck inspection

Mock Inspection for Schools

‘We were really pleased to welcome JMC to lead some INSET training at St Hilda’s ahead of our ISI EQ Inspection, which really inspired staff in their daily practice to…

INSET : Improving Literacy across the Curriculum

‘Really helpful – lots of ideas regarding whole school literacy, as well as in department. An excellent understanding / knowledge of how the Ofsted framework will impact schools – thank…

Example of Feedback at The Dragon School

INSET : Excellent Marking & Feedback for ISI

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.

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metacognitive feedback

INSET : Metacognitive Feedback to Improve Pupil Progress

Thanks for a fantastic INSET on Metacognition – Really looking forward to using the strategies in our lessons in the next few weeks The Marist School Sports Department ( via…

Inspection INSET : Excellence in BSO Standards

• Is your school compliant? • Do you know the rules of accreditation, and are you following them? • How fast can you prove it? • Where is your evidence…

INSET : Rapid & Sustained Progress – High Impact Strategies for Class-teachers

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…