Are you ready for Ofsted

Supporting your school in its preparation for Ofsted

Following the introduction of a new Ofsted framework in 2012, schools are facing further changes with revised guidance for inspectors in place from September 2014. This is on top of the upheaval created by a new National Curriculum, the removal of Levels and tighter reporting requirements for the Pupil Premium Grant.

Our wide-ranging resources and services can support your school in managing these changes, so that you continue to raise standards and satisfy Ofsted’s requirements.

Effective progress-tracking

With the Government’s emphasis on pupil progress, it is essential that schools adopt a system that establishes an accurate baseline and monitors progress year-on-year. Here, our Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4), Progress in Maths and Progress in English assessment series can work together as an effective tracking system – one that also can also form a solid basis for a replacement assessment model now that Levels have been removed. These assessments identify individuals’ strengths and weaknesses, helping teachers to target their lessons to pupils’ varied abilities.

Offering a brand new Group Progress Report, our New Group Reading Test is ideal too.

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) reporting

The above resources can also be used to measure the progress of PPG pupils.With increases to the pupil premium from September 2014, it is more important than ever for schools to be able to provide evidence to demonstrating the impact of your PPG on closing the gap and improving outcomes.

Improved attendance and behaviour

From September 2014, Ofsted will be paying greater attention to how schools tackle disruptive behaviour and foster positive attitudes to learning. Our pupil attitudinal survey (PASS - Pupil Attitudes to Self and School) can help you to comprehend the root causes of pupils’ disengagement with learning.

High-quality professional development

With over 60 professional development modules to choose from, schools can target training specifically to their needs. For example, the quality of teaching can be improved by choosing modules that enhance classroom skills in key areas such as questioning and classroom observation. Others focus on strengthening the effectiveness of leadership and management, while we offer modules to make the governing body more strategic and effective.

Improved parental and pupil communication

Carrying out regular reviews using our Kirkland Rowell Surveys ensures that schools are engaging with parents and seeking their views. This also enables you to check that school improvement measures are on the right track and to demonstrate this to Ofsted.