Last week we had a fantastic day developing our skills and preparing for Ofsted.
On Wednesday the 20th last week we conducted a staff training at IC Training Centre. The training was centred around one task, to work together in groups to develop our understanding of Ofsted standards and to develop presentations to share with whole team. These presentations were to be judged by our IQA so we were anxious to ensure the quality was high.
Each team took a different aspect of Ofsted inspection.
- Quality of Education
- Behaviour and Attitudes
- Ofsted – Leadership and management
- Personal Development
We learned a lot from these presentations and were able to review our strengths and weaknesses for each topic.
Our key findings
Quality of Education
We learn that the three I’s of the Ofsted framework focus on how educators teach, what they teach and why (intent), how they implement these plans for learners in practice (implementation) and what they can achieve with that (impact).
Are courses designed to give all the necessary knowledge and cultural capital needed by all learners including disadvantage students, those with special needs, disability or high needs.
Do teachers have a good knowledge of the subject they teach? This relies on if they present their subject clearly, if they check learners’ understanding systematically and provide feedback, while responding and adapting their teaching methods.
Is the knowledge and skills acquired through the implemented curriculum relevant and effective? This is mostly reflected in the results of national tests and examinations. This allows learners to gain qualifications that let them continue their course of study and enable them to move on to further education, employment or training and read “widely and often, with fluency and comprehension”.
Behaviour and Attitudes
The Behaviour and Attitudes judgement in the Ofsted framework considers how leaders and staff create a safe, calm, orderly and positive environment within the organisation and also what impact this has on the behaviour of pupils.
We also learnt that there are four currents sectors related to behaviours and attitude which are:
1. Attitudes to Learning
Attitudes to Learning
We may ask, what is attitude and behaviour?
Attitude is defined as a persons mental tendency , which is responsible for the way a person thinks or feels.
Attitude is intertwined with behaviour because your thoughts and feelings determine they way you behave.
There are three types of behaviour and they are:
- Positive attitude – This is when a person keeps a positive mindset no matter the circumstances.
- Negative Attitude – Intend to ignore the good things in life and only think about failure.
- Neutral Attitude – When the mindset is neutral and there is no doubt neither is there any kind of hope.
Behaviour implies the action in the way in which one conducts themselves towards others.
There are four types of behaviour and they are:
- Optimistic – Hopeful and confident about the future
- Pessimistic– Tending to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen.
- Trusting– being vulnerable to someone even when they are trustworthy.
- Envious– Feeling and showing Envy.
Ofsted – Leadership and management
- Leadership is focused on vision, motivation, the future, and the teams and people in your school. Management provides systems and processes essential to the smooth day-to-day running of the school. Both leadership and management are essential for successful school development.
- Leaders have a clear and ambitious vision for providing high-quality, inclusive education and training to all. This is realised through strong, shared values, policies and practice an external point of view.
5 top skills of good leaders in education:
- Leading through teaching and learning
- Developing self, and others
- Promoting positive change in school environments
- Driving school management
- Engaging and working with the community
Good leadership in schools helps to foster both a positive and motivating culture for staff and a high-quality experience for learners. Leaders at all levels in schools can contribute to this by developing the top skills needed by school leaders.
The goal is to develop students into responsible, respectful active citizens.
To give students an understanding of:
- British Values
- Healthy Relationships
- To have an active lifestyle, physically & Mentally
Good Personal Development will also include:
So that all the pupils can thrive together understanding their difference is a passive thing and it is not negative, and that individual characteristics make people unique and different.
Creating and promoting an inclusive environment that meets the needs of all pupils irrespective of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
Ensuring students are ready for the next stage of education or employment.
Providing is ensuring that you have a effective careers programme That we provide high quality relevant work experience
That we provide unbiased career advice
This involves learning how to be safe when using a computer online and offline. E.g. detecting phishing being aware of scams and online radicalisation.
Understanding data protection, being aware of your digital footprint.
Knowing who to contact when in need of support, recognising signs and understanding addictive behaviour.
Know and understand healthy relationship when you can turn when facing abuse, and how to recognise potential abuse in others.
Understanding an analysing Ofsted’s standards was an invaluable exercise, we now have a much better overview of our strengths and weaknesses as an organisation.