RIse: Requires Improvement, Sharpen your Evaluation

We are aware of the challenges senior leaders face in ensuring they are fully prepared for Ofsted and this service offers a bespoke package to help them prepare for and manage the inspection process. There is a misconception in schools as to what exactly inspectors are looking for when observing lessons and this package aims to ensure leaders understand what is evaluated and how across the four judgement areas.

Who would benefit from this package?

  1. Those schools who are anticipating an inspection and are concerned they may be ‘requires improvement/good’ and want to secure a ‘good’.

  2. Those schools who have recently been inspected and had a ‘requires improvement' judgement across three or four areas and want to aim for good at their next inspection or monitoring inspection.

  3. Those schools who have found themselves in challenging contexts and want to aim for a grade 3 (but with a 2 for leadership and management).

What we can offer

  • To work with senior leaders to assess the school’s self-evaluation and supporting evidence in the four different areas of inspection.

  • To enable senior leaders to identify where they may still be vulnerable and advise on appropriate strategies and systems.

  • To work with senior leaders on how to prepare and present the evidence required for inspection in the four judgement areas.

  • To enable senior leaders to manage the inspection process and have professional discussions with the inspection team.

We anticipate that the support would be two to three days in length but this may change due to individual circumstances. Equally the support could be taken in individual days over a term or longer to suit particular needs.

The package can be tailored to individual needs and may include some of the following:

  • Analysis of RAISEonline and previous report and identify key trails to be pursued by an inspection team.

  • Analysis and review of the impact of teaching on progress and of evidence of ‘behaviour over time’.

  • Discussions with senior leadership team and governors on key areas of leadership and management (mock interviews if desired).

  • Quality Assurance for Middle Leaders.

  • Presentation to whole staff or specific groups (eg middle leaders).

  • Whole staff coaching programme and of the governing body.

  • SMSC through the school and planning for it.

  • Preparing individual departments for Ofsted using subject specific grade descriptors.

  • Modelling a learning walk.