OFSTED School Inspection 2009. Inspection Cycle. ‘Good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools – most within 5 years, Interim Assessment after 3. ‘Satisfactory’ schools – most within 3 years BUT monitoring visits for some. ‘Special measures’ and ‘notice to improve’ schools – monitoring visits as before.
Inspectors “should be mindful that the head teacher will need to accommodate the inspection at short notice while still managing the day-to-day operation of the school”.
“The lead inspector should be mindful of any difficulties for the school marshalling evidence at short notice following the extended telephone call.”
(Conducting School Inspections,
paragraphs 15 and 16)
08.00 Lead inspector meets the head, confirms or updates arrangements.
08.15 Discussion of PIB with the head and SMT.
08.45 Team meeting: the lead inspector briefs inspection team; inspectors plan lesson observations.
09.15-15.30 Inspection activity; lead inspector updates head at least once.
16.00 Team meeting; head teacher or another member of SMT attends.
18.00 Inspectors have left the school.
08.00 Lead inspector meets the head.
08.15-14.00 Inspection activity.
14.00-14.15 Final lesson feedback to teachers.
14.15-16.15 Team meeting observed by head teacher: final judgements and grades; discussion about recommendations.
16.30-17.00 Feedback to governors, other senior staff and local authority representative if invited.
17.15 Inspectors have left the school.
At inspection team meetings, the head can:
Voluntary – head can accept or not, nominate SMT
Lead Inspector can deem it inappropriate
(Paragraph 37, Conducting School Inspections)