A visit from Ofsted
We have had a visit from Ofsted this month! After 2 days notice, three inspectors arrived at 7:30 in the morning, and for two days they asked searching questions, investigated evidence, observed lessons, talked to children and parents, and quizzed our Governors. They spent a long time with me, and were really interested in our work on One Page Profiles.
I explained how it had started a few years ago, and how it has slowly developed into a school wide issue. They really saw the benefits for all our children, and especially our SEN children. They were very interested in the new way we run Reviews, as person centred reviews, and also how One Page Profiles have been integrated into the Performance Management cycle of our teaching assistants.
All these initiatives are actually mentioned in the final report. It is quite frustrating that over the 2 days, the three inspectors wrote pages and pages and pages (literally – I counted at least 64) of tightly written notes. They gave lots of incredible feedback about everything that they had discovered. And yet it all has to be summarised in a mere 1500 word report.
So the real essence of what we are doing in the school as a whole gets lost! I wonder what happens to all their notes? It would be lovely to get them as extra evidence of their findings. We are planning to write up our information to be able to share more widely.