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Inspection Range (1) :

   Ofsted – Education inspections – state schools
   No boarding minimum standards inspection

   Ofsted – Child Welfare
   Boarding minimum standards inspection

  ISI - Independent school inspectorate
 Small boarding component – no boarding minimum standards

   Integrated Inspections – for independent schools should include ISI
    + Ofsted – child welfare inspections at the same time
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Inspection Range (2) :

   Ofsted – Child welfare
   cross checks with minimum standards
   small team – 2/3 inspectors – time scale 2/3 days
   will not offer advice
   may/may not have a BSAI - ??

  ISI - Independent school inspectorate
 teams vary with size of school – 4/6 team members
 works on peer review system using Lead Inspector + senior staff
  from member association schools
 willing to offer advice
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Preparing for Inspection (1)

 Pre-Inspection documentation
 Regulatory Checklist
 Head’s version of the Checklist
 Optional Self-Evaluation form
 Examination data ; National Curriculum tests and Public Examination
 Parental survey
 Pupil survey
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Preparing for Inspection (2)

Pre-Inspection visits : PIV 1
 Opportunity to discuss salient features of the school’s timetable /
   curriculum / extra-curricular provision
 Opportunity to discuss characteristic features of the school’s provision
   or community life
 Agree description of pupil’s in the school + their ability profile
 Agree examination comparator - maintained or selective maintained
 Arrange tour of premises , meet a number of students, meet key staff
   and governors and conduct pupil survey
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Preparing for Inspection (3)

Pre-Inspection visits : PIV 2
 Detailed planning of inspection timetable
 Arrangements for observing lessons
 Arrangements for scrutiny of work
 Agree arrangements for pupil and staff interviews
 Agree information to be sent 3 weeks before the inspection
 Should not include schemes of work
 Detailed information will be studied ay the school
 Arrange type of internet access, during inspection, if your data
   systems are electronically stored
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Regulatory Requirements :                        (approx 140+)

 DCSF Standard 1
   Quality of Education provided (Curriculum)

 DCSF Standard 2
 Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

 DCSF Standard 3
   Welfare , Health and Safety
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Regulatory Requirements :

 DCSF Standard 4
 Appointment of Staff since 1st May 07

 DCSF Standard 4 A
 Appointment of Supply Staff

 DCSF Standard 4 B
   Checks on Proprietors/Governors since 1st May 07

 DCSF Standard 4 C
 Centralised Register of Appointments
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Regulatory Requirements :

   DCSF Standard 5
    Premises and Accommodation

 DCSF Standard 6
 Information for Parents

 DCSF Standard 7
 Manner in which Complaints are Handled
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Post Inspection

Timescale :

    Proof report 4/5 weeks after the inspection
    Return draft in one week
    Longer response = an appeal
    Final report issued after 8/9 weeks
    Send a copy to parents within 2 weeks
    Report on website within 18 weeks of inspection
    Response to Recommendations : goes to your association – response
    to any Regulatory failing goes to your association + DCSF
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                   Ofsted – Children’s Services Inspections

•   The question Inspectors ask is – what is it like for a child or young person
•   The institution is judged on how the organisation meets a series of Outcomes

      Help children to be healthy
      Protect them from harm or neglect and help them stay safe
      Help them enjoy and achieve
      Help them to make a positive contribution to your provision and the wider
      Help them learn to contribute to economic well-being

     Outcomes judged against National Minimum Standards and Service Specific
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                Ofsted – Judgements and what do they mean?

•   A four-point scale is used to judge each of the outcomes
•   This is used to make an overall judgement on the quality of care provided
•   The judgements are :

        Outstanding : this aspect of the provision is of exceptionally high quality
        Good: this aspect of the provision is strong
        Satisfactory: this aspect of the provision is sound
        Inadequate : this aspect of the provision is not good enough

     An inadequate judgement will involve a discussion on how to improve the
     service quickly - it will also mean a further inspection in a short timescale
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         Ofsted – Revised reference guide to the key standards

Being Healthy
 Boarders’ health is promoted (NMS 6)
 Boarders’ receive first aid and health care as necessary (NMS 15)
 Boarders’ receive good quality catering provision (NMS 24)

Staying Safe
 Boarders are protected from bullying (NMS 2)
 Boarders are protected from abuse (NMS 3)
 Use of discipline with boarders is fair and appropriate (NMS 4)
 Boarders are protected from the risk f ire (NMS 26)
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         Ofsted – Revised reference guide to the key standards

Staying Safe
 Boarders’ personal privacy is respected (NMS 37)
 There is vigorous selection and vetting of all staff and volunteers working
   with boarders (NMS 38)
 Boarders are protected from unsupervised contact at school with adults
   who have not been subject to the school’s complete recruitment
   checking procedures and there is supervision of all unchecked visitors to
   the boarding premises (NMS 39)
 Boarders have their own accommodation, secure from public intrusion
   (NMS 41)
 Boarders are protected from safety hazards (NMS 47)
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        Ofsted – Revised reference guide to the key standards

Enjoying and Achieving
 Staff and outside support to boarders (NMS 14)
 Boarders do not experience inappropriate discrimination (NMS 40)

Making a Positive Contribution
 Boarders are enabled to contribute to the operation of boarding in the
  school (NMS 12)
 Boarders can maintain private contact with their parents and families
  (NMS 19)
 New boarders are introduced to the school’s procedures and operation ,
  and re enabled to settle in (NMS 21)
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            Ofsted – Revised reference guide to the key standards

Achieving Economic Wellbeing
 Boarder s’ possessions and money are protected (NMS 20)
 Boarders are provided with satisfactory accommodation (NMS 18)
 Boarders have satisfactory sleeping accommodation (NMS 42)
 Boarders have adequate private toilet and washing facilities (NMS 44)
 The welfare of boarders placed in lodgings is safeguarded (NMS 51)

 A suitable statement of the school’s principles and practice should
  be available to parents, boarders and staff (NMS 1)
 The school’s organisation of boarding contributes to boarders’
   welfare(NMS 10)
 Risk assessment and school record keeping contribute to boarders’
   welfare (NMS 23)
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         Ofsted – Revised reference guide to the key standards

 Boarders are adequately supervised by staff (NMS 31)
 Boarders are looked after by staff with specific boarding duties, with
   adequate induction and continued training (NMS 34)
 Boarders are looked after by staff following clear boarding policies
   and practice (NMS 35 )
 The welfare of boarders placed in lodgings is safeguarded and
   promoted (NMS 51)
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                          Ofsted re-focusing

 First phase – 1992- inspections unwieldy + exhaustively thorough
     all subjects + areas commented on
     staff seen teaching by large inspection teams

 Second phase – 2005 - second slimmed down phase
     short inspections, self evaluation
     supremacy of contextualised value added as key indicator

 Third phase – 2009 – emphasis now on outcomes
     focus on outcomes for children and learners of all ages
     more coherent, rigorous and proportionate
     more user –focussed., efficient and effective
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                  Proposed Changes from Sept 2009

 Arrangements will be similar to current phase 2 inspection regime
 Allocation of inspection time + tariff will depend on school size +
 Smallest inspection – one inspector for one day = small primary
 Largest five inspectors for two days = large secondary
 No inspection longer than two days
 Schools judged as good or outstanding = lighter touch reduced tariff
 New proposals – to be based on self evaluation as starting point
    Observation of teaching and learning
     Interviews with staff , children , young people + governors

 However there will be a number of important differences
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                        The Inspection Cycle

 Timing of inspection and monitoring visits will be proportionate to
 Good or outstanding schools - inspected every six years
      with one health check report published after three years
 Inspector time shifted to the closer monitoring of satisfactory schools
 Schools judged satisfactory overall with weaknesses will receive
      a monitoring visit within 12 to 18 months and
      a full inspection every three years
 The same applies to satisfactory schools with the capacity to improve
 Satisfactory schools with good or outstanding capacity to improve will
   be inspected within three years but will not receive a monitoring visit
 The arrangements for close monitoring of schools placed in a category
   concern will be unchanged
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                              Other Proposals

 More account taken of the views of parents + young people in deciding
  type + time of inspection
 Increased focus on the progress made by different groups of children and
  young people - underachievers / most venerable / most able
 The well –being of learners / quality of learning teaching will feature
  strongly in any inspection
 Some inspectors will have specific focus – e.g. looked after children
 Senior managers will be involved more consistently in the inspection
 Criteria for outstanding and good schools will be more explicit
 Standards for Satisfactory + Inadequate schools will be defined more
  clearly in terms of improvements needed
 Reposts will be more explicit about whether the school provides good
   value for money
 Ofsted will explore whether “no notice” inspections are feasible
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             Ofsted – Proposals for Integrated Inspections

Single Inspections :
 Ofsted intends to introduce single inspections which cover both the
   education and welfare provision
 The intention is that a single inspection will make more sense to
   children and parents
 It will be less disruptive to the school and reduce the bureaucracy
 The Timetable – in May + June Ofsted will run pilot single
   inspections within state and independent sector schools
 If successful single inspection should start from the new academic
    year in Sept 09
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                           ISI – Inspection Update

Issues :

 ISI new cycle delayed – summer term ISI 3’s pilots not taking place
 The Turner tables ? - subject to copyright ?? - new tables being
 developed ! - possibly not subject to copyright
 CVA’s – Contextual value added tables – good for independent sector
 ISI – bid for boarding - end of Nov 08 – result post the Singleton report
 Mar/April 09
 ISC – inter association disagreement - some prefer compliance only model
  – one RI and one other inspector to check compliance
 140 + regulatory standards – schools failing certain criteria
 4 weeks to respond to failures – DSFC become involved but ISI will decide
  on follow up inspections
 N.B. Ofsted oversee ISI inspections
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                    Inspection –being one step ahead !

 Documentation – Regulatory Standards – ensure you meet them +
 have all the policies in place – a failure means a referral to DCSF

 Know your strengths and weaknesses and let the inspectors know
 them + your action plan to deal with obvious weaknesses

    Self Evaluation – compulsory in state schools – may become so in the
    independent sector

    Surveys – undertake your own – you have the option to share
    them with inspection teams

    Consider a SIP’s partner – compulsory in the state sector
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                      Inspection –being one step ahead !

 Documentation :
 use the ISI self evaluation form + supplement it with your own
 survey evidence if appropriate
 use the ISI Head’s check list for regulatory requirements
 us the BSA’s national minimum standards check list

    Use the inspection process to encourage/promote change
    SMT - be professional – no personal crusades !
    individual staff/pupils may throw in hand grenades – inspectors
    usually dismiss such actions

   Remember :
   Recommendations – are recommendations
   Regulatory standards are a must !
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                 SEF –Self Evaluation Form (ISI Optional )

Main sources of evidence for self-evaluation are :

 Observation – of lessons and activities
 Scrutiny - of pupils’ work, assessment records , pastoral records,
  records of attendance and sanctions
 Analysis of indicators - ability tests, examination results , rates of
  attendance , numbers of exclusions , subject choices , participation in
  activities etc
 Discussion and taking Surveys - of pupils, parents , staff and others
 Review – of policy and documentation
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Survey Types :

•   Teaching surveys
•   Curriculum surveys
•   Anti-bullying
•   Environmental review
•   Health Check
•   ICT surveys
•   Ofsted parent
•   Pupil Survey
•   Holiday activities
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                SEF –Self Evaluation Form (ISI Optional )

Sources of Survey materials :




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                   SIP’s – School Improvement Partner
Purpose :
• A school improvement partner provides professional challenge and
   support to a number of schools maintained by one or more authorities by:
 Acting as a critical professional friend to the schools, helping their
   leadership to evaluate their schools' performance, identify priorities for
   improvement and plan effective change;
 • helping build the schools' capacity to improve pupils' achievement and
   to realise other key outcomes for pupils that bear on achievement;
 • contributing to whole-school improvement in the schools, including
   effective contribution to the Every Child Matters outcomes;
 • providing challenge and support for the senior leadership team in the
   schools; and
 • providing information to governing bodies on their schools' performance
   and development.
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                      SIP’s – School Improvement Partner

Main Accountabilities:

 • Challenge the school where necessary, particularly on its capacity to improve
  and whether it is focusing on the most important priorities for improvement
  and development.
 • Discuss a package of support and challenge for the school (provided both by
  the local authority and/or external sources) and ensure that this is
  appropriately managed.
 • Report the outcomes of the dialogue with the school to the school's
  governing body, the head teacher, the school's maintaining authority and the
  National Strategies.
 • Provide advice and guidance to the governing body to inform the
  performance management of the head teacher.
 • Contribute to the effective development of the school improvement partner
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                       SIP’s – School Improvement Partner

Main Accountabilities :

•   • Discuss and assess a school's self-evaluation and school improvement plan
    against available evidence including the Ofsted report, and comment on the
    effectiveness of these.
•   • Provide an objective review of the school's performance data by considering
    its most recent national test results, trends over time and data on other pupils'
    achievement and well-being, and analysing the evidence for the school's
•   • Identify areas of strength and weakness and scrutinise the progress made by
    different groups of pupils to ensure that success for some does not hide failure
    of others.
•   • Discuss the school's targets and priorities for the coming year, based on the
    analysis of the data above, to ensure that they are ambitious but realistic and
    focused on all pupils progressing and fulfilling their potential.
•   • Advise the school on resources and strategies which fit priorities.
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                         Post Inspection

   Report Publication :
   comply with publication requirements – pupils/parents/governors
   respond to your associations
   deal quickly with any regulatory requirements

   Media :
   prepare press release
   publish on website
   discuss in next parental/school newsletter

   Don’t forget !
   find time to celebrate your success with your pupils
   find time to celebrate your success with all staff