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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

Without outstanding teaching you cannot have outstanding effectiveness. It was in July that the announcement came that the quality of teaching was to be even more closely linked to a school’s overall judgement. 

The point was made by Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted chief inspector, that if a school is to be outstanding and expected to work in partnership with others, then the quality of teaching it shares must be outstanding too.

The new School Inspection Handbook (September 2013) has brought with it some subtle, and some not so subtle, changes to inspection practice. Perhaps one of its strongest messages is that it doesn’t matter what teaching method is used: “Inspectors must not advocate a particular method of teaching or show preference towards a specific lesson structure.” Teaching just has to be effective rather than following a set format.

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