How to do your own audit.
Course leader: Hilary Moriarty
How will your school fare in the new inspections
Can your staff readily identify the outcomes they seek?
Can they ensure they emerge in the classroom
Will they provide the evidence they did?
Question: what really matters in a classroom?
Answer: what comes out of it – now identified for the latest ISI inspection process as ‘Outcomes for Pupils’
This was always true – the aim of great teaching was not to be applauded and take a bow; it was to ensure that pupils left the classroom with better understanding of new material, confident consolidation of previous learning, enthusiasm and curiosity to continue and come back for more. It was never about us; it was always about them.
The latest incarnation of an ISI inspection, short, sharp and at very short notice, sharpens the focus and makes explicit their interest in the ‘Outcomes for Pupils’ – any day, anywhere, any lesson, any activity – what are the outcomes for pupils?
Schools will need to change their focus to be seen at their best. The 8 targets for achievement and the further 8 for personal development will not be new to schools, but they will now be ‘up front and personal’ rather than taken for granted and ‘presumed present until proved absent’. Inspectors in classrooms will no longer be noting broad summaries of good and less good practice from staff and pupils. They will be filtering what they see through a template that allows them to judge outcomes for pupils against 16 specific expectation.
This is the course to help you prepare for the new order of inspection.
Hilary Moriarty has been an IS inspector since 1999, continuing in this role while she progressed from Deputy Head to Head of girls’ boarding schools. She was then National Director of the Boarding Schools Association. She trained as Reporting Inspector and with a particular interest in boarding she now advises schools on readiness for both compliance and educational quality inspections. She is also a governor of an independent school and a state primary school.