Heads Should Take Notes During Ofsted Reviews
School leaders are being advised to take notes during
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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.
Why The Change?
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
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