Inspection

Priorities for the new HMCI

As the new HMCI settles into her Ofsted role, Suzanne O’Connell considers the legacy of the role of chief inspector and what the first indications suggest about Amanda Spielman’s leadership and education priorities


Changes in early years inspections

From April 2017, Ofsted is taking direct control of early years registration and inspection. Headteacher Helen Frostick looks at what lies ahead and signposts some guidance and advice


Ofsted: Key advice on the Common Inspection Framework

The Common Inspection Framework is now in its second term of operation. Inspections expert Elaine Long gives a useful overview of the key requirements and duties that schools and their leadership teams should be on top of



Inspection under the new Ofsted CIF

We have seen it on paper, but what does the new CIF – the Common Inspection Framework – mean in practice? Suzanne O’Connell speaks to Steve Barrand about his experiences of an Ofsted inspection in September 2015


The new Common Inspection Framework – key analysis

The new Common Inspection Framework has been heralded as introducing a new era for inspection. Is it really a common approach uniting educational settings or more a case of divide and rule? Headteacher Update takes a look




Ofsted inspection in September 2015

Inspection is changing again, with a new Framework due to be published this month. John Viner looks at the key changes, offers some advice for self-assessment, and some templates to help you prepare


Ofsted: What is changing and how?

Are you ready for the changes to inspection from September 2015? Expert Justine McNeillie looks at what is ahead and offers her advice to school leaders


Demonstrating Pupil Premium impact

Inclusion and Pupil Premium expert Daniel Sobel offers some incredibly simple – yet effective – steps to help you think about and demonstrate the impact that your Pupil Premium spending is having


Data: When the inspector calls

When Ofsted inspection looms, results and data can be make or break for schools. However, the removal of levels has left schools trying to find a new way to assess student attainment and demonstrate school improvement. Chris Smith offers some advice


Ofsted: Going for outstanding

Barely a week into the new term and headteacher Jeff Brown got the Ofsted call. Here, he describes the two-day inspection and his school’s bid to go from a rating of ‘good’ to one of ‘outstanding’.


The implications of yet more Ofsted reforms

A consultation published by Ofsted has set out further significant changes to the inspection regime. We take a look at the proposals and consider whether they represent positive fundamental reform.


Turning it around: One school's journey

Applegarth Junior School has made the journey from special measures to an Ofsted grading of good in just six months. Paul Glover explains how and offers his advice to other schools.


What can schools do about mental health?

New government advice highlights the route to CAMHS – but schools portray CAMHS as a service in crisis. What can we do to help pupils struggling with their mental health? Suzanne O’Connell reports.


The consequences of the Trojan Horse affair

Successive governments have viewed the governing body as a means of keeping schools in line. However, with autonomy being abused in some cases, is it governors who now need reining in?


Reflections on an inspection

They had been expecting the call, but the reaction of the entire staff when Ofsted arrived was phenomenal. Here follows anonymous extracts from a diary kept by the headteacher during the inspection


Getting the inside track on Ofsted requirements

The School Inspection Handbook, subsidiary guidance, and a growing number of Ofsted briefings – where would we be without the wealth of inspectors’ guidelines issued by Ofsted HQ? As yet another batch is released, we look at some of the key messages






How do you get Ofsted outstanding for your achievement?

In the final of our articles focusing on core Ofsted inspection judgements, we tackle the most crucial of all – achievement. With a slightly different framework in place, Suzanne O’Connell looks at how three schools have achieved outstanding in this area


Ofsted: Leadership and Management

In the third of our series focusing on the four core inspection judgements, we hear from schools judged outstanding for leadership and management and offer advice for other schools seeking to improve in this crucial area. Suzanne O’Connell reports

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