Inspection


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


Waiting for Ofsted

Inspection preparation is now big business in education and a key priority for school leaders. But get it wrong and it can leave staff scared not prepared. Headteacher Update looks at how schools prepare for inspection and offers some vital tips.


Peer-led inspection and accountability

In Oxfordshire, a network of primary schools has formed an umbrella trust and is working together to place peer-led intelligent accountability at the heart of what they do. Fiona Aubrey-Smith finds out more


Achieving Ofsted outstanding for Quality of Teaching

Quality of teaching is key to a positive inspection outcome. In the second of our series focusing on Ofsted's four core indicators, Suzanne O’Connell speaks to four schools who have been graded outstanding for their teaching quality



My 51-hour Ofsted inspection diary

It lasted for just 51 hours – from initial phone call to final farewells. Headteacher of St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School, Helen Frostick, chronicles their last Ofsted inspection, which saw the school judged to be outstanding in all areas


Bouncing back from a poor school inspection

Some of the most challenging times in a headteacher’s career can be after a poor inspection outcome. Nick Bannister meets leaders who have helped their schools to bounce back after inspection setbacks



Embracing lesson observations

Three primary schools which use similar approaches to their leadership, curriculum and CPD discuss how they have embraced lesson observations and working with other schools as part of staff development


Diary of an Ofsted inspector

In a bid to give readers a valuable insight into the school inspection process from the Ofsted point of view, we asked a school inspector to keep a diary of a recent primary school inspection visit. Writing anonymously, they take us through the process



Introducing peer observation to primary school staff

The introduction of a peer observation programme at Anton Junior School has led to a much stronger focus on pedagogy, improvements in teaching and learning, and has been embraced by staff. Headteacher Tom Donohoe looks at how this has been achieved


Ofsted – an inspector's advice

We are now two months into life under the new Section 5 inspection arrangements. Here, an Ofsted inspector and practising primary headteacher – writing anonymously – looks at the key changes that schools must be aware of under the latest inspection regime


Ofsted offers guidance on literacy

Ofsted’s latest literacy report talks of too little improvement across England’s primary schools and has been published alongside hints of an increase in the key stage 2 target. Suzanne O’Connell reports


What to do with our excluded children?

Pupil exclusion is a messy business with enormous implications for a child’s long-term prospects. Suzanne O’Connell looks at what the government is proposing for our most challenging children


A tale of 30 Ofsted reports

With its focus on leadership, teaching, achievement and behaviour, the new Ofsted framework is leaving no-where to hide. Suzanne O’Connell looks at 30 recent Ofsted reports to find out what lessons we can learn


Ofsted – a satisfactory performance?

Sir Michael Wilshaw has come in with all guns blazing. He has already announced the intention to introduce no-notice inspections, now he’s moving on to good teaching in outstanding schools. Suzanne O’Connell takes a look



Are lesson observations raising standards?

The government is calling for headteachers to observe more lessons as a way of driving up standards. Former headteacher Chris Quigley looks at the current techniques in place and asks if we are monitoring the right things

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