OFSTED Preparation for Middle Leaders

eypsThe new Ofsted Framework places enhanced emphasis upon the effectiveness of Middle Leaders in securing good progress for all pupils in their charge. The extent to which their effectiveness is evident is a key determinant of inspection outcomes. This course is, therefore, designed to serving and aspiring Middle Leaders and focuses on the technical skills and leadership behaviours necessary to secure a good or outstanding inspection judgement.

The course is led by Geoff Hewitt and Iain Hulland, a Schools Adviser and MIT Adviser with input from Paul Dyson-Knight.

The course lasts for 4 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 Middle Leaders.
• Securing a culture of rigorous success, teamwork, strong professional relationships and coaching.
• How effectively to hold colleagues to account.
• There will be a short but incisive “gap task” in preparation for Session 2

Session 2
• Review of the leadership implications discussed in session 1
• SWOT analyses of factors to be taken into account
• Workshop exploring participants’ common factors and how these may be resolved
• Achieving strategic and tactical agility: the 4 stages of the “agility loop”
• Implications for line management and team leadership
• Challenge and Support: who will be the “right” people for each role?

Session 3
• Effective self-evaluation in action – and making it manageable
• The “quadrilateral of evidence” and how to conduct effective, team-based work scrutiny, pupil interviews, classroom practice observations and statistical analyses
• The relationship between Formative Assessment, Summative Assessment and Pupil Tracking in the new Framework.
• Workshop – looking at your current materials and practices.
• “Gap task” for Session 4:RAG rating your status on our Ofsted Readiness Checklist

Session 4
Analysis of RAG ratings, exploring the common issues and defining solutions



Ofsted Preparation for Middle Leaders

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