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What does a monitoring visit entail?

Discussion in 'Ofsted inspections' started by sophjtho, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. sophjtho

    sophjtho New commenter

    Hello,
    My school (primary) was rated as satisfactory in our Ofsted last year (Autumn 2010) and after our SATs results this summer, the SMT have said that we will have a monitoring visit. I have had mixed responses from collegues on what actually happens during a monitoring visit. Some say it's analysing data with the SMT and teachers don't get seen teaching, others say its like an Ofsted with formal observations and drop ins.
    Hoping that someone can give me so info on this.

    Many thanks,
     
  2. <font size="3">Hi,</font><font size="3">The purpose of the monitoring visit is to see whether the school has made progress on the issues picked up in the full Ofsted. It's like a mini Ofsted, but no less rigorous. All staff should make sure that they are clear about what the priorities were from the Satisfactory report, and to be able to state and evidence how they've moved on from where they were.
    </font><font size="3">Knowing the data and the children in order to do this is vital.
    </font><font size="3">It might be a good exercise to take one or two issues in the report and ask yourselves the hard questions about what has changed. Why was it changed? What has been (or is the expected) impact, and how do you know?</font><font size="3">Useful info
    </font>http://www.primary-headship.com/node/6339<font size="3">Guidance given to inspectors
    </font>http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/monitoring-inspections-of-schools-whose-overall-effectiveness-satisfactory<font size="3"> </font><font size="3">Self evaluation of teaching and learning
    </font>http://www.fromgoodtooutstanding.com/2011/05/towards-better-self-evaluation-post-1-of-teaching-and-learning
    (Not just shameless marketing, it's just that Self Evaluation is a major focus of my work)

     
  3. Sorry about the dog's breakfast above - don't know what's going on with the formatting ... Anyway, hope this helps.
    Hi, The purpose of the monitoring visit is to see whether the school has made progress on the issues picked up in the full Ofsted. It's like a mini Ofsted, but no less rigorous. All staff should make sure that they are clear about what the priorities were from the Satisfactory report, and to be able to state and evidence how they've moved on from where they were.
    Knowing the data and the children in order to do this is vital.
    It might be a good exercise to take one or two issues in the report and ask yourselves the hard questions about what has changed. Why was it changed? What has been (or is the expected) impact, and how do you know?
    Useful info
    http://www.primary-headship.com/node/6339
    Guidance given to inspectors
    http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/monitoring-inspections-of-schools-whose-overall-effectiveness-satisfactory Self evaluation of teaching and learning
    http://www.fromgoodtooutstanding.com/2011/05/towards-better-self-evaluation-post-1-of-teaching-and-learning
    (Not just shameless marketing, it's just that Self Evaluation is a major focus of my work)
     
  4. sophjtho

    sophjtho New commenter

    Thank you very much for taking the time to reply. I will have a proper read through the links you have sent.
    Thank you!
     
  5. No problem. Hope it helps.
     

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