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Is your secondary school ready for Ofsted? What have we learned since September?

Online / Wednesday 9 February 2022

This webinar will give senior leaders of mainstream secondary schools the opportunity to hear from schools that have undergone successful inspections to help ensure that they are ready for an inspection by doing the right things on a daily basis. It is definitely not a pre-inspection checklist.

The Ofsted education inspection framework (EIF) has been in place since September 2019 but inspections only really resumed in earnest in September 2021. One major change this year has been the removal of exemption from inspection for current outstanding mainstream schools. Delegates at the webinar will hear about what has been learned about inspection since last September, what the myths and realities of inspection are, what schools themselves are saying and how this might prove useful in their own context.

We are planning to hear from three schools that have been inspected since September 2021:

  • a previously outstanding school
  • a previously good school and
  • a previously RI school that was judged to be good.

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The webinar will consider questions such as:

  • Can my school be good or outstanding with a 2-year KS3?
  • How much weight does the Ebacc carry in the judgement for Quality of Education?
  • If inspectors won’t look at our data, how can we show evidence of pupil progress?
  • What information should we have on the quality of teaching?
  • What are the expectations on governors?
  • As a “good” school, what can I expect from the new two-day short inspection?
  • Can we be confident that inspectors’ judgements are consistent?

There will, of course, be plenty of opportunity to ask your own questions.

By participating in this event, you will have a clear understanding of any steps that you might want to take in order to ensure that you are ready for either a short or full inspection. Even if you are not expecting an inspection, you will be fully briefed on the inspection landscape and how you can support improvement in partner schools.

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If you have any questions or queries about this programme, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Colin Logan, Senior Education Lead, SSAT

Colin Logan, SSAT

Colin has worked at five large comprehensive schools as a languages teacher, head of department and faculty, deputy head and finally headteacher. He was also a senior adviser in the National Strategies in the data and evaluation team. He joined SSAT in 2011 and is currently a senior education lead with responsibility for data, accountability and inspection.

Featured Schools

Claydon High School

Maeve Taylor from Claydon High School will share her recent experience of a section 8 inspection, what she might do differently another time and why inspectors were impressed with the work her school has done on developing the curriculum, reading and support for pupils with SEND.

Wright Robinson College

Wright Robinson College was previously judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in 2016. When inspectors returned in October 2021, they judged that it continued to be outstanding. Headteacher Martin Haworth will talk about what inspection felt like under the new framework and share what it is about their practice that led inspectors to confirm their judgement.

Joseph Leckie Academy

James Ludlow, headteacher of Joseph Leckie Academy, had an inspection during his second term at the academy and will talk about the journey it has made from RI to good. He will share his experience of the inspection as a whole and also focus on the part played by the Ebacc, a two-year KS3 and personal development in the final judgement.

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Date and time:

Wednesday 9 February 2022 4:00pm - 5:45pm


SSAT members: £185 Non-members: £225
All prices exclusive of VAT