The New Ofsted Framework for September 2012 – School Inspection Handbook
The Evaluation Schedule and Conducting the Inspection have been merged into new single document called The School Inspection Handbook. http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/school-inspection-handbook-september-2012. This contains instructions and guidance for inspectors.
Ofsted also intend to publish new Subsidiary Guidance in the near future.
The School Inspection Handbook will be used by inspectors during inspections from the beginning of September 2012.
Some things you will recognise but there are revisions and major changes
Before the inspection
Inspectors will gain abroad overview on performance and how it has changed since the last inspection through:
- analysis of data from RAISEonline (PANDA for 6th Form) Learning Achievement Tracker (LAT) and other available data about success rates
- previous inspection report
- any Ofsted survey findings
- responses from parents/carers on Parent View
- any complaints
- information on the school’s website
You will be informed about the inspection at, or after, midday on the working day before the start, when you also be “invited” to share a summary of your self evaluation as soon as possible.
During the Inspection
Much time will be spent in classrooms evaluating the quality of teaching. Observations will be variable and not follow a single approach. Joint observations will assess the accuracy and quality of the school’s own monitoring processes.
The contribution of observation to the effectiveness of the school’s Performance Management and professional development programme will be a major focus.
Mathematics, Literacy and reading specifically will remain a major focus.
The use of Performance Management and self -evaluation to inform professional development will have a much higher focus and evidence of effectiveness (outcomes) will be vital.
The arrangements for meeting key members of staff and governors and the involvement of the head teacher during the inspection are broadly similar.
Changes to the Judgement Criteria
The areas making up the overall judgement remain the same and inspectors will still consider the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and the extent to which the school meets the needs of all pupils.
However, there are significant changes to the Judgement Criteria in the evaluation Schedule. There are alterations to all the judgements for all the areas. Satisfactory no longer exists and is replaced by “Requires Improvement.” This has major implications for schools in their self evaluation. You will need to revisit the descriptors and secure or any judgements you have made.
Overall Effectiveness is judged by taking into account judgements made in the four key areas plus the provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Where one or more of these requires improvement the school will be judged as requiring improvement overall.
Sources of further information
Read Ofsted Schools and Inspection Newsletter No 22 http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/schools-and-inspection-july-2012.
The Framework can be found at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/framework-for-school-inspection-september-2012-0
Training courses on the revised Framework, including the use of data for Inspection, will be running in a number of locations during the Autumn Term.
Details of venues and dates are available on the web site www.forschoolseducation.co.uk
We also offer mock inspections and SEF writing services. Again details are available on the website or contact Louise on 0844 963 2242 or Terry Rollings on 07917080205