If the phrase NO NOTICE INSPECTION strikes fear into your heart, don't panic! In her new book, Sarah Findlater covers everything you need to know to survive an Ofsted inspection.
This book is an invaluable guide for every teacher who wants to ensure they are fully prepared for their first Ofsted inspection, perform in an outstanding manner and get as much out of the process as possible. The chapters are split into four phases, making it relevant whether you want to set up systems and improve day-to-day teaching well in advance, you need quick-fix `night before' advice, last minute `on the day' strategies, or you need help making the most of Ofsted feedback once the inspection is over.
Everything you need to consider to make all areas of your teaching ready for observation are included in this guide, as well as:
- practical strategies for improving key areas inspected by Ofsted including closing the achievement gap and literacy and numeracy provision
- 'inspection connection' boxes comprising analysis of key areas of the Ofsted school inspection handbook
- logistical details of everything that will happen before, during and after the inspection - from the moment the phone call is received to the submission of the inspector's final report
- extracts from outstanding inspection reports
- printable templates and checklists
- 'remaining cool, calm and collected tips' to help reduce (or hide!) your stress levels on the day.
All written from Sarah's first hand experience of supporting teachers through inspections (and surviving quite a few of her own!), How to survive an Ofsted inspection is a practical and very accessible guide for every primary and secondary school teacher preparing for Ofsted.
Sarah is an assistant principal and English teacher in inner London. She has written for the Guardian and the TES. She also has her own teaching and learning blog www.msfindlater.blogspot.com and was a finalist for the UK Blog Awards in 2014. She is a contributing author to the hugely successful '100 ideas for secondary teachers - outstanding lessons' by Ross Morrison McGill and the recent 'Don't Change the Lightbulbs; a compendium of expertise from the UK's most switched-on educators.' Sarah has spoken at various teaching and learning events discussing topics including marking and feedback, progress, revision techniques, digital learning and senior leadership. She, alongside Stephen Lockyer, is the Co-Founder of the senior leadership training event @SLTcamp which is now in it's second year of running. She is well known in teaching and leadership circles online, having hosted #SLTchat on numerous occasions and #UKEdChat. Find her on twitter @MsFindlater.
Phase 1: The distant future: Long term planning/ Phase 2: Around the corner: Short term planning/ Phase 3: On your doorstep: The day of the inspection/ Phase 4: Departure: Onwards and upwards