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Safeguarding & the quality of education: A case study of Ofsted inspection

From updated statutory safeguarding guidance to a focus on prior learning and the quality of education, what lessons can we draw from a recent primary school inspection? Here are some notes from an anonymous headteacher

While we have a common framework for inspection, the context is always unique.

In our case we are a small school in an urban area. The timing was particularly challenging in that the inspection came very early in the new school year. Not only were we embedding new pupils but approximately half of the school’s staff were new following a far higher than typical turnover during the summer term.

Finally, while we were within the timeframe for inspection, we were very much at the early end and therefore we (and the local authority) were not expecting the call.

In our case we had one inspector for two days and it was an ungraded inspection under the adjusted framework.

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