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Ofsted inspection no result given to staff

Discussion in 'Ofsted inspections' started by hummus11, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. hummus11

    hummus11 New commenter

    We just had an Ofsted yesterday but only SLT have been given the results is that what Ofsted do now for all schools?
    Is it a good or bad sign. Have been told by other staff who were interviewed, that the inspectors were looking for bad points is that normal now?
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Nothing to be concerned about, you can't draw any conclusions, good or bad. Heads are told that the inspection outcome can only be shared with SLT until report is published.

    It's in the Ofsted Inspection Handbook

    During [the feedback meeting at the end of the inspection], the lead inspector will ensure that the headteacher and governors are clear:

    .... that the grades are provisional and so may be subject to change as a result of quality assurance procedures or moderation and must, therefore, be treated as restricted and confidential to the relevant senior personnel (as determined by the school); they must not be shared beyond the school’s leadership team and governors (including those unable to attend the final feedback meeting); information about the inspection outcomes should be shared more widely only when the school receives a copy of the final inspection report

    It's frustrating when inspections are late in the term because Ofsted target for publishing the report is 19 school working days from the end of the inspection, and that now will be next term.

    Are SLT walking around looking shell-shocked or with big smiles on their faces?;) You can usually judge whether it's a good or bad inspection report from how SLT behave and what they do between now and report coming out.
  3. Startedin82

    Startedin82 Established commenter

    Reports are supposed to be confidential until QAd because judgements are subject to change. Occasionally (though rarely) schools are re-inspected on the orders of senior HMI.

    Sometimes it's obvious what the outcome is - if you were a good school and had a short inspection and they didn't go to a second day then you don't need to be a rocket scientist to know what the judgement is!
  4. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    Ours took 45 schools days to be published. Given these school days were broken up by two school holidays and a bank holiday, the total wait was three months.

    Our SLT were expected not to share the outcome with staff for the entire time. Fortunately, they ignored this instruction. Given Ofsted ignored their own handbook in conducting the inspection, this seems a fair deal ;).
  5. SundaeTrifle

    SundaeTrifle Occasional commenter

    SLT knew the outcome of ours but chose not to tell us till the official report was ready, about a month later. Treated us like children.
  6. NoSuchThingAsNormal

    NoSuchThingAsNormal New commenter


    If your inspection was two days and you still have not heard yet, my suspicion would be Inadequate, given the timetable guidance.

    ...If Ofsted places the school in a category of concern there will be 5 days for the school to comment on the draft. Ofsted publishes the final report on the Ofsted website within 19 working days of the end of the inspection.

    If Ofsted judges the school inadequate, the report is usually published within 28 working days of the end of the inspection...

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