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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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Safeguarding work related to FGM began in 2011 when the school realised that they had missed an opportunity to protect a child from FGM. Staff in the school were concerned that many other girls in the school may be vulnerable to FGM and thattheir own knowledge and understanding about FGM was limited. This compelled staff to gain more knowledge urgently, with the aim to raise awareness within the school and local community and safeguard their pupils more effectively.

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You may have seen a recent commentary by HMCI Amanda Spielman on the curriculum. For the past year, Ofsted have been carrying out a curriculum review, and this is the second commentary to emerge from that work.

Ofsted report that findings so far have shown that there is some excellent thinking and practice in the system. But all too often there are gaps in the way schools think through the curriculum they intend their pupils to receive, and how they then ensure that this is implemented successfully and has a positive impact.

These findings have fed into recent Ofsted inspector training, challenging thinking about the curriculum, progress, memory, knowledge and skills. Serving practitioner inspectors have said that they found this useful and thought-provoking. Ofsted are therefore keen to extend the offer of sharing this with all those that lead curricular thinking in schools.

This three-hour workshop aims to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of the positive elements that go into developing a rich curriculum.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register your place below.

Space are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you already act as an Ofsted Inspector you are advised not to attend this event, as you will have already received a similar version of this workshop at the recent Ofsted conferences. If you are unable to attend this event in person, you are welcome to register one representative from your school instead.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found in the attached pdf document.


For further information, please see letter below from Clair McNeill, Team Manager for the education improvement service.

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