Revealed: Common pitfalls for schools during Ofsted inspection

From radicalisation to Pupil Premium reports, websites and pupil medicines – SecEd's Pupil Premium and Ofsted conference hears warning about some of the most common inspection faults

School leaders have been urged to “take control” and “drive” their Ofsted inspections, without being afraid to challenge inspectors when appropriate.

The message was given to delegates at SecEd’s Fourth National Pupil Premium and Ofsted Conference, which took place in Birmingham on Friday (October 2).

The event – attended by 180 teachers and school leaders – hosted a range of school-led workshops discussing Pupil Premium best practice and Ofsted inspection.

With the new Common Inspection Framework being introduced by Ofsted this term, the keynote sessions were led by Elaine Long, an inspections specialist.

Ms Long’s key message to schools was that it is for them to “take control” of their inspections: “This business of Ofsted-readiness is about you taking control and you driving the inspection. It’s about putting you in charge – it’s you who knows your school and your pupils.”

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