Best Practice

Five keys to a successful Ofsted inspection

Headteacher Nigel Whittle has extensive, first-hand experience of making sure Ofsted inspections go well and understands how you can get your key messages across to inspectors. He offers five practical tips to help you with your inspection

All great school leaders know that our real work lies in improving schools as quickly and as sustainably as possible through asserting the highest of expectations, accepting absolutely no excuses for underperformance, by building relationships and collegiality and by checking meticulously that all aspects of the school’s work are functioning together seamlessly.

Great leaders need a chance to make this happen and for it to come alive in the schools they lead.

Regularly now in the media, we are reminded that teachers and leaders are struggling to soak up to continued pressure and challenges: “High-stakes Ofsted inspections, unrealistic targets and a flood of teachers leaving the profession has left schools unable to recruit leaders” The Guardian, February 2016

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