Best Practice

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 inspections: one of the biggest milestones in school life for staff and senior leadership. Always at the back of teachers' minds, school inspections are intended to assess the overall landscape of an institution, and see where the successes (and weaknesses) lie.

For those schools trying to reach the highest standards, inspection is always the final hurdle to determine how far they have come, and trying to ensure standards are maintained in the run up to a potential inspection can be a real challenge.

Even for those schools which have been rated as “outstanding" in the past, the pressure never eases. No headteacher wants to see those high standards slip.

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