Subject specific Ofsted
Posted 06 March 2012 - 07:17 PM
Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:01 PM
Has anyone out there been through a subject specific Ofsted?. We got the call today that there will be an Inspector in next week to look at Geography. What does this type of inspection entail? I teach two lessons of Geography during that time. However there are not two full days of Geography so what is their remit? Can they drop in on anyone? Can they make it up as they go along? Most Geography lessons on those two days are taught by non-specialists- will those people be viewed teaching their specialisms? Any help/advice would be appreciated.
We go through these in Wales every couple of years.
They can drop in on anyone but normally the slt and//or HOF will be aware of who will be seen.
Chuck in a pupil voice session, book scrutiny and a look at exam treends/end of key stage data against fft benchmarks and its done. Usually its done on a cycle of key stages but if there is anything thats of concern then that may well be looked into.
As for advice - its meant to be a way of helping you alhough that can be very much down to the context of your school/dept so try and see it as that.
Hope that helps Derek.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 05:34 PM
They usually observe everyone in the department if they can but only for 1/2 hour. You don't know if it's the first half or the second half of the lesson.
A lot of it is indeed analysing the paper work, exam results, assessment procedures, pupil questionnaires, etc.
They will spend time with the Head and with the HOD.
The last couple of hours is writing the report and reporting back to the department/Head.
They tend to stress 'professional development' rather than trying to find fault, but it is thorough as it's one department under the microscope for two days.
Good luck. Don't panic!
Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:10 PM
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