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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.
The new Ofsted education inspection framework (EIF) will have been in place for nearly a year at the time of the conference. Delegates at the conference will hear about the lessons learned by Ofsted since last September, what the myths and realities of inspection are, how schools have made the most of the inspection process and how they can apply this to their own context.
Leaders from schools that are currently exempt from inspection will find the conference particularly invaluable if the proposal to remove exemption goes ahead.
On the day we will cover the following questions:
- 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?
- Is Quality of Education a limiting judgement for leadership and Management?
- 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?
- How can we be confident that inspectors’ judgements are consistent?
Participants will be able to explore all these issues and more by listening to and questioning Dan Owen HMI, special adviser at Ofsted for education policy. Dan was heavily involved in the development of the current Ofsted framework and will also be drawing on his and his colleagues’ experience on school inspections.
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. These include Sue Carbert, Headteacher and Chris Whiting, Deputy Headteacher from Ousedale School.
There will also be a presentation from Charlotte Sayed, Assistant Headteacher of St Michael’s Catholic College, on the work she has done in her school on curriculum planning and how she has used the SSAT’s key resources The Four Pillars of Principled Curriculum Design and the Framework for Exceptional Education.
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.