OFSTED, the school inspectorate, has issued guidance on what they do not expect teachers and schools to prepare. The guidance refers to lesson planning, self-evaluation, lesson grading, lesson observations, marking, and evidence sourcing.
This is, undoubtedly, a useful piece of clarification, although OFSTED has been quick to point out that there is nothing to stop individual schools from requiring some of the information on the list, in the interests of effective and rapid school improvement. The question, now, both for individual teachers and for school leaders, is how to use this guidance and how to ensure both effective day-to-day provision in the best interests of children and their futures, whilst also being able to present a positive picture to OFSTED during inspections.
Maxson Consulting was ahead of the game by a number of years in looking beyond over-reliance upon lesson observation grades in forming opinions about the effectiveness of teaching and learning on an institutional and individual level. Equally, some of our most effective training programmes have included our “Tricks of the Trade” and sessions relating to smart working: making the maximum impact from effective teaching.
We are uniquely positioned to help you, whether on an individual, departmental, or institutional level, to ensure that your students are receiving the best possible education, simultaneously ensuring effective inspection outcomes.