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.
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OFSTED School Inspection 2009
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)
08.00Lead inspector meets the head, confirms or updates arrangements.
08.15Discussion of PIB with the head and SMT.
08.45Team meeting: the lead inspector briefs inspection team; inspectors plan lesson observations.
09.15-15.30Inspection activity; lead inspector updates head at least once.
16.00Team meeting; head teacher or another member of SMT attends.
18.00Inspectors have left the school.
08.00Lead inspector meets the head.
14.00-14.15Final lesson feedback to teachers.
14.15-16.15Team meeting observed by head teacher: final judgements and grades; discussion about recommendations.
16.30-17.00Feedback to governors, other senior staff and local authority representative if invited.
17.15Inspectors 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)