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Ofsted protocol for maintained schools

When you receive the call informing you of your inspection, please call the school improvement office. Speak with your adviser if they are available and if not, speak another member of the team. It would be helpful at this stage to have the name/names of the inspector(s).

Your school adviser will make contact (if you were unable to speak to them after calling the office) with you to offer support and to establish timings for a conversation with the inspector(s). Wherever possible, your adviser will come into school to have this conversation, although some inspection teams prefer to speak on the phone. If your school adviser is unavailable on the day, then the team leader for school improvement will have that conversation on their behalf.

Your school adviser will attend the feedback at the end of your inspection but if they are unable, another member of the team will attend. There may be a rare occasion when no one can attend just because of the short notice but we will endeavour to prioritise these meetings.

We know how stressful it can be when you do get that call and we want to support you and support your school to achieve the best possible outcome.

If there are any issues at all during your inspection then please get in touch with the team leader for school improvement as soon as you can. You may want to seek direct advice from the Ofsted helpline: 0300 123 1231.

If your school is an academy we would want to support you in the same way, particularly if you have been working with your school adviser. However, this will be by your invitation only.

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Message from Ofsted regarding primary inspection data summary reports

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 primary inspection data summary reports (IDSR) have been updated with revised key stage 2 data, final 2019 EYFS and data for disadvantaged pupils. They are available through our new Ofsted IDSR service https://idsr.gcs501.gcfb.co.uk.

This is linked to in DfE’s Analyse School Performance (ASP) https://www.analyse-school-performance.service.gov.uk. When logged into ASP, click on ‘All reports’ and then ‘Ofsted inspection data summary reports’.

Please ensure you download the latest version dated 27 January 2020 for any school that has a primary.

Where applicable, the IDSRs hold:

• final 2019 EYFS
• revised 2019 KS2
• data for disadvantaged pupils
• two term absence
• provisional 2019 KS5, KS4, KS1, phonics and context data.

We have published a new and improved guidance document for the IDSR. This includes example reports and supporting data tables used for the 2019 IDSR which show national figures and quintile boundaries used to determine whether areas of interest sentences are triggered.

Newly added links are now located throughout the IDSR, which take you directly to the relevant section of the full guidance which is located here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/school-inspection-data-summary-report-idsr-guide

Should you have any IDSR or Ofsted IDSR service queries, please contact either:

• Schools - School.Performance.Data@ofsted.gov.uk
• 16 to 19 - FEandSkillsData@ofsted.gov.uk

Kind regards,

The Schools Pre-Inspection Data & Insight Team
Team email: School.Performance.Data@ofsted.gov.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ofstednews - follow us for latest #IDSR updates
IDSR guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/school-inspection-data-summary-report-idsr-guide

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Dear Headteacher/SENCO

Many thanks to those of you who have reported part-time timetables using the paperwork provided.

There remain a number of schools that have still not yet responded though. As I have indicated previously, OFSTED is focussing on the arrangements that local authorities have in relation to part-time timetables and the lack of a suitable process is likely to contribute towards a, ‘requires improvement’ finding in a school OFSTED inspection.

The local authority is also expecting Ofsted any time so PLEASE can you prioritise this as urgent?

The final deadline date is now 4pm on Wednesday 10 July 2019.

The paperwork can be found here.

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Dear Head Teacher/SENCO

Many thanks to those of you who have reported part-time timetables using the paperwork provided.

There remain a number of schools that have not yet responded though. As I have indicated previously, OFSTED are focussing on the arrangements that local authorities have in relation to part-time time-tables and the lack of a suitable process is likely to contribute towards a, ‘requires improvement’ finding in a school OFSTED inspection.

A deadline date of 15 June 2019 was provided. I am extending this to the 30 June 2019 for those schools who have not yet been able to respond. Please can you give some priority to this over the next week or two?

PLEASE REMEMBER – If you do not have any pupils on a PTTT, it is important that you provide a nil return to indicate this.

Kind Regards

Ann Lowe
Head of Service

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