Governors have a key role to play during Ofsted inspection. Tiffnie Harris discusses 10 ways we can ensure governors are well prepared for when the inspectors come calling...
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There are many challenges faced by schools awaiting inspection and preparing governors to speak to inspectors is one that should not be ignored.

The section on evaluating leadership and management in Ofsted’sEducation Inspection Framework handbook(Ofsted, 2019) identifies the following as an important factor: “Whether leaders and those responsible for governance all understand their respective roles and perform these in a way that enhances the effectiveness of the school.”

This article provides 10 areas where we can support governors to prepare for inspection, with – where relevant – suggested examples of questions that might be asked.


1, Vision

Know the shared vision of the school. What is this and what does it look like? Do not simply rehearse the school’s mission intent statements but be prepared to articulate what this looks like in your school.

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