School Ofsted Inspection Update Issue 9: March 2017 – The Headlines

Lesson observations When observing lessons and feeding back to teachers afterwards, inspectors must only use their observations during individual lessons to establish strengths and areas for improvement. They should not give the false impression that they have allocated a grade to the lesson. Clarification about eligibilty for short inspections. Pupil referral units, [...]

2017-04-04T14:40:21+00:00 April 4th, 2017|

The Role of Class Learning Forums in Linking Values to Achievement – A Case Study

School: Dereham Church of England Junior Academy, Norfolk Headteacher: Neil Toplis Key Lead: Nick Wade   Dereham Church of England Junior Academy entered into partnership with EdisonLearning in September 2015. At that time it had judgements of RI from both Ofsted and SIAMS inspections. The first focus for the Learning Environment Key Lead was [...]

2017-04-04T10:43:25+00:00 April 4th, 2017|

Congratulations to Sea Mills Primary

Congratulations to Sea Mills Primary in Bristol on their recent OFSTED inspection. Sea Mills Primary is one of the original 30 primaries who joined NAHT Aspire as part of the initial pilot programme. After completing the three year partnership, the school remained in a Continuing Partnership with Aspire. This involved continuing to work with [...]

2017-06-07T15:44:42+00:00 March 15th, 2017|

Coasting schools – How to accelerate progress?

Schools are likely to be judged as coasting if they have had three years of weaker progress in Reading, Writing and Mathematics in Year 6. So what can schools do to tackle this issue urgently and with impact? Here are some ideas drawn from our partner schools work done though NAHT Aspire and the [...]

2017-03-13T15:52:38+00:00 March 13th, 2017|

Coasting schools and the NAHT Aspire Programme

What is a coasting school? Of course the starting point is the DfE data driven definition – a complex series of criteria over the last three years against changing thresholds and expectations. But what does this actually tell us? That teaching hasn’t been strong enough to achieve consistently good outcomes? [...]

2017-03-10T08:44:45+00:00 March 9th, 2017|

The DfE’s Standards for professional development and NAHT Aspire – the perfect fit

By Steven Horsley Last year, the Department for Education published an interesting document titled “Standards for teachers’ professional development” and an associated guide to implementation. This publication was delivered with very little fanfare, and a straw poll of colleagues has identified that at the time of writing this blog there is very little, if [...]

2017-03-22T10:07:07+00:00 March 8th, 2017|

New Norfolk / North Suffolk Network

We have opportunities for Primary schools in Norfolk and North Suffolk to join a new NAHT Aspire network, which will be launching in in April 2017. You can find out more about Aspire and register your interest in joining the new network by attending a meeting at Nightingale Infant School and Nursery on Friday [...]

2017-03-07T11:00:33+00:00 March 7th, 2017|

New Luton Network

We have opportunities for Primary and Secondary schools in Luton and the surrounding areas to join a new NAHT Aspire network, which will be launching in  April 2017. You can find out more about Aspire and register your interest in joining the new network by attending a meeting at: Putteridge Primary School, Putteridge Road, Luton, LU2 8HJ on Monday [...]

2017-03-02T14:37:41+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|

Preparing for a Ofsted Section 8 (One Day) Inspection

Preparing for a Section 8 (One Day) Inspection for Schools Previously Judged to be Good.   “Short inspections provide schools with the opportunity to share with the HMI how they are sustaining and continuing to improve the good quality of education for pupils.” “The HMI will plan inspections so that leaders and governors have [...]

2017-02-27T14:31:22+00:00 February 27th, 2017|