As the term winds down and people start to plan for the Christmas period, I’d like to thank all our readers of this blog for their interest and engagement.
As you will all know, some of the myths about what Ofsted wants still persist in many schools among teachers, senior leaders and governors. Marking, in particular, has proved to be one of the harder myths to bust.
As the nation celebrated the Queen’s official birthday over the weekend, I found another good excuse for cake – Friday (10 June) marked a year since we published the first Ofsted blog!
On Sunday 17 April 2016 Ofsted, together with @HarfordSean, took over @SLTchat to host the regular #SLTchat Twitter chat. This Storify brings together a selection of senior leaders' tweets about the main topic - how Ofsted can avoid making extra work for teachers.
Many of you will have read or heard about the Government’s White Paper: Educational Excellence Everywhere, published last week, announcing the transformation of England’s schools. I thought it would be helpful to clarify what it could mean for inspection.
There’s been some speculation about the timing of inspections, particularly of the new short inspections, and I understand that some schools may be anxious about where they are.