Heads Should Take Notes During Ofsted Reviews

Heads Should Take Notes During Ofsted Reviews

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School leaders are being advised to take notes during Ofsted reviews. The new reports are omitting detailed findings, and instead opting for parent-friendly simplified language. Read on below to get all the details!

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Ofsted reports published since the new framework launched on September 1st are half as long as the old reports. They use general headings such as “what is it like to attend this school?” and “what does the school do well and what does it need to do better?”. Gone are the specific breakdowns and evidence previously used. The section designed for school leaders, which covers needed improvements now only contains a handful of bullet points.

Furthermore, language used in the Ofsted reviews has been simplified. For examples, phonics are now explained as “letters and the sounds they make”. Telford’s Wrockwardine Wood Infant School’s latest report brought up that their pupils are encouraged to “think like a ‘resilient rhino’ when they get stuck”. Meanwhile, in Lincoln, pupils at Welbourn Church of England Primary told inspectors that the school had a “real family feel”.

Why The Change?

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In May 2018 Amy Finch, the inspectorate’s head of strategic development, made the point that she wanted to remove “technical jargon” in an effort make reports more relevant to parents.

Stephen Rollett, a curriculum and inclusion specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, said Ofsted insisted leaders would “receive more detailed feedback in the final debrief meeting at the end of the inspection”. Schools should take notes in these meetings so “details can be captured and put to appropriate use”.

An Ofsted spokesperson said the redesign and shortening of the reports was “in direct response to extensive work we have done with parents” to identify how to make them more “accessible”. He said the final feedback session could be attended by leaders, governors and a clerk to take notes.

As always, the most important people here is you – the teachers. So let us know what you think! Have you had one of the new Ofsted inspections yet? What were your thoughts?

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