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Inspection: Preparing for Ofsted

With both of his schools having faced inspection last year, headteacher Anthony David will, in this three part series, offer his advice on effectively handling the preparations, the inspection itself, and the aftermath. He begins with how to prepare for Ofsted...

There are few things that focus the mind faster than having had “the call”. Even as an experienced headteacher, it injects a shot of adrenalin that few extreme sports can rival; as a new head, there is a short period of “out of control” before the drilled habits kick in. As with anything, preparation is key and this series of articles will explore before, during and the after effects of the inspection process.

Knowing and understanding your school is critical. Before you do anything, the question you should always ask yourself is: “Will this help me to understand the needs of my learning community better and help drive forward our vision for learners?”

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