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Be Ofsted ready – both now and next year

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Wednesday 10th May 2017 London

This event will give senior leaders of mainstream secondary schools the opportunity to hear from both Ofsted and schools that have recently undergone successful inspections about how they can ensure that they are ready for an inspection by doing the right things on a daily basis. There’s also opportunity to find out what changes in inspection might emerge under the new Chief Inspector for September 2017.

On the day we will cover the following questions:

  • What will Ofsted expect to see in our marking?
  • How do we know that our assessment practice will satisfy inspectors?
  • What do inspectors understand by “good progress”?
  • What information should we have on the quality of teaching?
  • What are the latest expectations on governors?
  • As a “good” school, what can I expect from a short inspection?
  • How can we be confident that inspectors’ judgements are consistent?

Session synopsis

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Participants will be able to explore all these issues and more by listening to and questioning Sean Harford HMI, Ofsted’s national director for schools and drawing on the recent experience of colleagues in schools.

Sean has recently reminded inspectors and blogged about how it is “a mug’s game” to try to predict this summer’s grades in such a time of uncertainty.  You can read his blog here. Read SSAT’s Colin Logan’s commentary here. This conference will allow you to quiz Sean face to face with any concerns or thoughts you might have on the subject.

There has been much speculation about the direction in which Ofsted might go following the arrival of Amanda Spielman as the new HMCI. What is to become of the “outstanding” judgement? Will there be a greater emphasis on peer review? We are delighted Sean has agreed to provide our keynote session and we hope that the timing of the conference will allow a good idea of emerging policy to be shared with participants.

This conference will provide an invaluable opportunity to hear directly from Ofsted and to ask your own questions.

There will also be an opportunity for structured discussion when you will be able to consider the impact of both recent and possible future changes in inspection practice and how you, your school and its partners can make sure that you are inspection-ready, not just preparing for inspection.

You will also hear from school leaders of recently inspected outstanding and good schools who will share their experiences and top tips on how their schools achieved these judgements.

The day will be hosted by an SSAT education lead who will help you to find answers to your questions throughout the day.

By attending this event, you will have a clear understanding of any steps that you might need to take in order to make sure 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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Wednesday 10th May 2017


9:30am - 3:30pm


£285 (members) £427.50 (non-members) All prices exclusive of VAT

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London, EC1 United Kingdom

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