A Reminder About Fact and Fiction
There is still continued confusion about what Ofsted will and will not require. This outlines the exact detail.
What they don’t expect:
- schools to undertake a specified amount of lesson observation;
- a particular frequency or quantity of work in pupils’ books or folders. Ofsted recognises that the amount of work in books and folders will depend on the subject being studied and the age and ability of the pupils;
- schools to provide individual lesson plans to inspectors or require schools to provide previous lesson plans;
- a specific style of lesson planning, the length of time it should take or the amount of detail it should contain;
- any specific frequency, type or volume of marking and feedback. Marking and feedback should be consistent with school policy, which may cater for different subjects and different age groups of pupils in different ways, in order to be effective and efficient in promoting learning;
- any written record of oral feedback provided to pupils by teachers;
- details of the pay grade of individual teachers;
- evidence for each teacher for each of the bulleted sub-headings in the Teachers’ Standards;
- the performance and pupil-tracking data and any school or college self-evaluations to be presented in a specific format;
- teachers to undertake additional work or to ask pupils to undertake work specifically for the inspection.
Inspectors do not award a grade for the quality of teaching for any individual lessons visited.
What they do expect
- that leadership teams can justify their practices around marking, pupil feedback and lesson planning, observation and judgements/grading;
- that leaders are clearly focused on what they are doing to ensure that every child or young person in their school or college gets a decent education and the chance to fulfil their potential;
- evidence of the monitoring of teaching and learning and its link to teachers’ performance management and the Teachers’ Standards, but this should be the information that the school uses routinely and not additional evidence generated for inspection.