Best Practice

Inspection and observation: A checklist for class teachers

What does Ofsted expect? This is still a central question in the minds of classroom teachers in schools being inspected. Steve Burnage offers a checklist to help teachers prepare

It has been a long time since Ofsted ended the grading of lesson observations and the pressure of school inspections today is supposedly much more focused on school leadership rather than the classroom teacher.

Nonetheless, many teachers will still feel the heat of an Ofsted visit and will be keen to ensure that they play their part in a successful inspection outcome.

The checklists below are aimed at helping teachers to reflect on their practice and to prepare themselves for an Ofsted visit. Needless to say, the checklists are also of general use for teachers, perhaps to ensure you are ready for performance management or internal observation procedures.

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