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Preparing for Ofsted!. Shelley Brown Head of Faculty Vocational Studies Newcastle under Lyme College. Actions to successfully prepare for Ofsted. Overview. Focus of learning and the learner journey. Outcomes for Learners Quality of T, L&A Effectiveness of L&M.

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Preparing for ofsted

Preparing for Ofsted!

Shelley Brown

Head of Faculty Vocational Studies

Newcastle under Lyme College

Actions to successfully prepare for ofsted

Actions to successfully prepare for Ofsted



Focus of learning and the learner journey

Outcomes for Learners

Quality of T, L&A

Effectiveness of L&M

“Good is the only form of acceptable…”

(Wilshaw, 2012)

A good education for all

“Seeing things through a different lens”

(Soden, June 2013)

Be ready 1 plan and control

‘Be ready’ – 1. Plan and Control

English and Maths

Know how these are delivered/embedded.

Inspection Folder

Outcomes – summary data for area

TLA– staff information and grade profile for the area

L+M– Curriculum area structure, SAR, QIP.


Develop an honest, accurate detailed SAR

Map out your evidence/prove it!

Ensure you havea clear picture of where you are now, what you have done and what you are doing next!


Know how they are structured Consistent? Clear outcomes?

  • Curriculum Planning

    Timetabling (accuracy)


    Staffing/cover strategies

    • Documentation (SOW/assessments/profiles)

      Assessment (written, practical, video etc)


Ensure you have a consistent approach/response from staff




‘visible success’

Other considerations can you evidence

Other considerations…..can you evidence???

  • How do you focus on the learners experience?

  • How do you develop good habits/behaviours?

  • How successful is enrolment/induction?

  • How effective is learning support?

  • How effective is initial assessment?

  • Do you make a prompt commencement of

  • functional skills? Success?

  • How effective is assessment/feedback?

  • What type of different learner voice activities do you have?

  • What further enhancement/enjoyment activities do you offer (trips, academy etc.)

  • Work experience?

  • Progression?

Identify the key people within your curriculum area

Identify the key people within your curriculum area!

Ensure they are prepared!

Talking to inspectors

What can you do between now and inspection

What can you do between now and inspection?

  • Share good practice across teams

  • Tackle low attendance by raising students’ expectations/follow up non-attendance

  • Improve the rigor of target setting and monitoring students’ progress

  • Ensure a rigorous/consistent approach to QA of the provision

  • Improve IAG

  • Improve the rigour of self assessment

  • Rigorously monitor/evaluate the impact of recent actions to improve SR

  • Enhance the promotion of E & D in lessons – evaluate the impact of staff CPD on students’ knowledge and understanding of E & D

  • Ensure teachers develop a wider range of teaching strategies- encourage, motivate, inspire!

Be ready 2 robust evidence

‘Be ready’ – 2. Robust Evidence

  • TO DO LIST…….

  • Data B106 updated

  • Gather and triangulate evidence

  • Critically appraise and update SAR and Action Plans

  • Evidence trail for raising standards and managing poor performance within the curriculum area

Be ready 3 curriculum teams

‘Be ready’ – 3. Curriculum Teams

Support & Challenge


Motivate &


  • Establish minimum expectations (outstanding practice)

  • Right students, right course

  • Innovative teaching, learning and assessments

  • High quality assessment and feedback

  • Updated ILPs/target setting

  • Positive learner journey

  • Responsive to learner voice

  • Outstanding tutorial support

  • Celebrate successes

  • Strong evidence of quality improvement and impact

Culture of Outstanding

Student voice

Student Voice


  • You said we did

  • Minutes of rep meetings

  • Survey evidence

  • Learner forum evidence

Fail to prepare prepare to fail

Fail to prepare….prepare to fail!

Be outstanding everyday

Be ‘OUTSTANDING’ everyday

Where is your focus

Where is your focus?

Why Colleges Succeed (AoC Conference, 2013)

What singles out all these colleges is a realisation by their leaders that an educational establishments central purpose is to place the education and success of their learners at the heart of what they do…..there is clear and well-understood consensus that all aspects of the institution must be equally effective in contributing to the success of every learner.

Being outstanding

Being Outstanding…..

  • Plan and be ready as a team

  • Be outstanding everyday

  • Set expectations, lead and inspire

  • Ensure teaching and learning is central focus

  • Support the learner journey

  • Tackle under performance

  • Celebrate success

  • Support professional development

Preparing for ofsted

Let the learners shine!!

Positive Culture and Ethos

Starting a movement

Starting a movement!

Preparing for ofsted

Make an Impact!


Don’t hide it …

Bring it to them…

  • Where to focus:-

  • Starts as they walk through the door!

  • Learner experience (walkthroughs, feedback, you said:we did)

  • Messages – S&C, motivation, M&E – dress your area

  • Set a mantra and believe it!



Preparing for ofsted

Flees in jars!

Insurance claim

Start Thinking Differently!

Insurance claim!

Folding your shirts

Start thinking differently

Start Thinking Differently!



“Students forget what you made them think, but they never forget how you make them feel.”

Sir John Jones (2013)

Preparing for ofsted

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