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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

Perhaps an unwanted Christmas present, but on December 23 another set of Ofsted guidance documents was released. The new School Inspection Handbook and Subsidiary Guidance, implemented in January, do not represent an entirely new framework, but there are some significant changes in them that schools should take notice of.

Increased guidance on expectations around behaviour was anticipated following Sir Michael Wilshaw’s “Unlucky Child” speech. Schools will be expected to be dealing with all the low-level irritants, such as late arrival at class, not having the right equipment and challenges to school uniform policy. Perhaps harder to deal with is ensuring you meet Ofsted’s expectations around attitudes. Pupils must be ready and willing to learn and demonstrate enthusiasm and concentration. 

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