Raising standards, improving lives. The new inspection arrangements for maintained schools and academies from September 2012. Raising standards, improving lives. Objectives of the presentation To provide a summary of the changes to school inspection from 1 September 2012
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The new inspection arrangements for maintained schools and academies from September 2012
Objectives of the presentation
Why change ?
A good education for all
We are continuing to focus on what really matters
spend as much time as possible in classes, observing lessons, talking to pupils about their work, gauging their understanding and engagement in what they are doing, and their perceptions of the school
hear children in primary schools or some Year 7 and 8 students read, and they will look at data
involve the headteacher or principal and senior managers fully during the inspection, including during inspection team meetings. Meet LA representatives.Raising standards, improving lives
We will continue to use a four-point scale
The satisfactory grade will be replaced by ‘requires improvement’
Outstanding (grade 1)
Good (grade 2)
Requires improvement (grade 3)
Inadequate (grade 4)
We will continue to inspect ‘good’ schools less frequently than weaker schools
We will require ‘outstanding’ schools to have outstanding teaching
We will expect pupils to make excellent progress in ‘outstanding’ schools
We only judge schools to be ‘good’ if they are providing a good standard of education
We have replaced the ‘satisfactory’ judgement with ‘requires improvement’
We will inspect schools that ‘require improvement’ earlier than ‘good’ schools
We will expect schools that ‘require improvement’ to become good schools within a defined timescale
If any school has been judged to require improvement at two consecutive inspections, and is still not ‘good’ at the third, Ofsted is likely to find the school to be inadequate at that inspection.
This will be because the school is still not providing an acceptable standard of education, and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement.
This means it will be placed in ‘special measures' unless there are exceptional circumstances. Ofsted will therefore expect schools to improve to ‘good' within four years.
We have replaced the current ‘notice to improve’ with ‘serious weaknesses’
We have shortened the notice we give on an inspection
Inspectors will normally contact the school during the afternoon of the working day before the inspection, although we reserve the right to inspect without notice where we have concerns.
A short period of notice allows the school to make the necessary practical arrangements and inform parents and carers about the inspection.
The views of parents and carers
The views of parents and carers
We will evaluate the robustness of performance management within the school
We will put a greater emphasis on governance
Preparing for inspection
Documents that will help the inspector when they arrive
Documents that will help the inspector
Our new regional management structure
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