In this episode of Secondary...
- Education Professionals
This programme is subtitled.
From September 2005, all future Ofsted inspections will be radically different. This programme looks at a pilot for the new inspections which took place at Ladybarn Primary School in Manchester last year. The new inspections are shorter and more focused, lasting just two days. Inspectors give schools only 48 hours' notice.
The inspector who carried out the pilot, Clive Kempton, returns to Manchester to see what the school made of the experience. He talks to the head, Lisa Vyas, her colleagues, parents and pupils. All welcome the new system as they feel it gives a more accurate reflection of what the school is like. Pupils particularly liked the fact that the inspectors wrote a letter to them, giving their verdict.
Central to the new inspections is the self-evaluation form, which the inspectors use to determine which areas of school life to focus on. There's very little classroom observation, but just enough to determine whether the school's own assessments are accurate.
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Part of the series: School Matters