OFSTED Preparation for Governors


This course will be of particular benefit to governors. This course is designed to lead into the National Professional Qualification for Governors for those wishing to pursue it.

The 2015 Ofsted Framework takes the expectations of governors to a new level. The judgement on “The Effectiveness of Leadership and Management” largely depends on schools’ leading Governors knowing their schools’ strengths and weaknesses intimately. Equally important, however, is their insight into what the Ofsted Inspection Framework actually means and how to interpret it. In turn, this generates a need to understand, further develop and model the leadership behaviours needed for successful inspection outcomes.

This course is designed for the spectrum between those new to governance and experienced governors who find it useful to recalibrate their work against the new Framework.

The course lasts for 2 weeks, each session 4.00pm – 6.00pm.

The following areas will be covered in the sessions:

Session 1
• Key characteristics of the 2015 Framework and its operation; what the Grade Descriptors and Handbook really mean.
• “What lies beneath”: what HMI want to see and why
• The evidence base required to secure at least a “good” judgement
• The important and nature of current evidence (not just “data”) and of demonstrating consistency within and between teams.
• The Leadership implications and requirements for Senior and Middle Leaders
• What this means for Governors
• Securing a culture of success, teamwork, strong professional relationships and coaching

Session 2
• Review of Session 1
• Interpreting “Published” Data
• Characteristics of effective school self-evaluation and maintaining strategic agility
• Implication for Governors: How to hold others to account effectively


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'Completing the Stepping up to Senior Leadership Programme has given me new insights and has helped me gain confidence in my current role. I was given time and advice on how to reflect and improve'.