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Do you ever look at OFSTED reports of schools you apply to?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by jago123, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. jago123

    jago123 Established commenter

    Just a thought, does anyone read OFSTED reports of schools they are thinking about / have applied to and has that made an impact on your decision whether or not to continue with your application?
     
  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    You would be naïve not to! Particularly useful are the comments about particular subjects and the leadership. Whether or not you agree with Ofsted and even if the report is now out of date it still has an influence on how the school views itself and the targets set for development.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    But don't go mentioning it in your application or interview.

    I see from your Ofsted Report that the school has poor results in key subjects; by appointing me you would improve these.

    This would NOT go down well!

    Best wishes

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  4. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Except when the school asks you, as part of the interview process, to identify how they could move on from a poor OFSTED report!
     
  5. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    "Has strong leadership" seems to indicate that you could well be bullied out of your job within a year.

    I've always read them but knowing that the view from the inside would be significantly different.
     
  6. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    I read everything: Ofsted, school policies, parent forums...
     
  7. Meimeihan

    Meimeihan New commenter

    I definitely do. I am not great with behaviour management so I avoid school with bad rating in behaviour.
     
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Unlikely unless the post is for a SLT with responsibility for T&L. They are not going to ask a classroom teacher this, so don't start panicking folks!

    Best wishes

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  9. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    I've been asked this twice for main scale teaching posts.

    The first wanted a written response (with the application) to how the school could improve KS3 English, which had been identified as a weakness in an otherwise decent Ofsted report

    The second was a school that had a satisfactory Ofsted and wanted to know, via an interview question, how to improve, with a focus on English.
     
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Wow!

    Putting the responsibility on a classroom teacher for this . . .

    :(

    Best wishes

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  11. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Sorry, mine was for a Deputy Head role-10 minutes on "How would you move us through Good to Outstanding?" Given the problems identified in the OFSTED, 10 minutes was pushing it! Thankfully I like a challenge!
     
  12. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Wow!

    Putting the responsibility on a classroom teacher for this . . .

    Usually Leadership see it as the ownership of the Ofsted findings by the whole staff and many Heads now emphasise the "getting to good " bit for all teaching appointments
     

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