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.
Guidance for inspecting schools under the common inspection framework, with a mythbuster document on common misconceptions.
Guidance for Ofsted inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the common inspection framework.
This good practice example shows how Oak Cottage primary school developed a body image programme with the support of the local authority personal, social and health education (PSHE) team and put it into place following the analysis of pupils’ responses.
Updates and changes
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