What is the purpose of OFSTED?
OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) inspect and regulate to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.
The new Ofsted brings together the wide experience of four inspectorates to make a greater difference for every child, and for all young people and adult learners, in England. Their educational, economic and social well-being will promote our success as a country.
OFSTED inspect schools, including those for service children overseas, at least once every three years, usually giving about two days’ notice. However, if Her Majestys Chief Inspector (HMCI) is concerned about the safety or well-being of pupils in a school, HMCI will exercise the right to inspect a school without notice.
Schools are required to notify parents of the inspection, and to include details of how they can pass their views to inspectors. Parents can ask to speak to inspectors during the inspection and inspectors will do what they can to accommodate the request as far as practical.
The inspection will last no longer than two days, and the team will be from one to five inspectors depending on the size of the school. They will look at the school’s self-evaluation, consider the school’s performance results, and examine the previous inspection report to prepare before the visit. The self-evaluation form is used as the basis for discussion between the lead inspector, the senior team of the school and, where possible, the governors.
Once they are in the school, the inspectors will sit in on lessons and examine the way lessons are planned, among other things. At the end of the inspection they report on the school’s overall effectiveness, achievements and standards, and
What are the Inspection Bands?
The lead inspector reports her or his judgement to the headteacher and governors. The inspectors findings are published in a report for the school, parents and the wider community. Inspection reports provide information about the effectiveness of the schools work and contain recommendations about what the school should do to improve further. The report highlights the grade given to the school for the inspection
* If inspectors judge a school to be inadequate it will be placed in one of the following two categories:
Matthew Purves, Deputy Director, Schools, gives a brief introduction to the Education Inspection Framework, launched September 2019. For more information vis...
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