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everyspoon

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OFSTED Subject Inspection
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:02:13 PM »
Hi,

I have just joined the forum after reading the useful advise on previous pages.

I have just had the dreaded call from OFSTED for a subject specific inspection next Wednesday/ Thursday.

Can anyone offer any advise?

I am a lone Geographer and have just returned from maternity. The school did not employ a subject specialist in my absence so this years results are very poor. Generally they are adequate.
Although I can focus on many of the positives for the future as I am very clear on areas for improvement, I do not want to present an image of 'excuses' for past results or appear to blame the former administration for the decline in the subject (our head has just moved on).


Does anyone have any ideas of the type of questions I maybe asked? (although I appreciate that many will result from my SEF, data, curriculum and strategic plan)

Any advise would be gratefully received,

Everyspoon

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Re: OFSTED Subject Inspection
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2011, 10:19:49 PM »
 :o We have ours tomorrow and Tues - you can tell this because I am writing on SLN at  22.01 on a sat night and have missed strictly and the x-factor. Desperately busy tomorrow and all day monday.

Nightmare timing at this time of year when all energy was supposed to be put into start of year lessons and no time for recent data analysis - and we start 6 days of AS and Y10 CA fieldwork on Thursday

In your situation - definitely you must be positive about the future, no excuses and talk in ofsted speak. Link with school aims etc. You should be getting a lot of support from LST etc. The staff at my school have rallied round in the most amazing way - bring food and drink, tidying rooms, gathering data, offering to sit with classes.  At this stage in the term ACCEPT ALL OFFERS OF PRACTICAL HELP AND COVER.

My heavy day is Monday until 7.00pm (2 observations of me, joint observations with inspector, lunch ditto, and the big interview after school) - If you e-mail me I will give you my phone number and we could have a chat after 8.00pm Monday night so I can give some last minute advice. I would really like to do this and will be able to tell you about the interview with the inspector.

Don't panic

Helen

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Re: OFSTED Subject Inspection
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2011, 09:17:36 AM »
Helen,

Thank you so much for your kind offer of help. Hope that all goes well for you on Monday.

I have e-mailed you my phone number, and look forward to your call. I am sure by that time you will be exhausted so I appreciate doubly your offer.

Everyspoon

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Re: OFSTED Subject Inspection
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2011, 10:18:25 AM »
Good luck both of you x
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everyspoon

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Re: OFSTED Subject Inspection
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2011, 12:56:27 PM »
Thanks, fingers crossed

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Re: OFSTED Subject Inspection
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2011, 09:12:05 PM »
Hello to both of you, I am extremely interested to hear how your subject inspections went. I hope you were pleased with the result and received useful feedback. I am desperately trying to get 'OfSTED ready' this half term as we are predicting the possibility of a visit so any advise you have would be gratefully received, particularly associated with what the inspectors' priorities were.

Many thanks.

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Re: OFSTED Subject Inspection
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2011, 10:15:49 PM »
Hi,

Although the two days were extremely stressful, I have to say that the process was very useful as a development tool.
The HMI was lovely (which certainly helped) and was a geographer herself (not sure if that is always the case with subject inspections).
Are you expecting a whole school inspection as the subject inspections are random (I was assured)?
The experience of the whole school is completely different. From my experience in 2009, I was observed for 20 minutes, received positive feedback - and there was no other scrutiny.
During the subject inspection, the following was requested; SOW, examples of marking/ student work, faculty handbook, SEF, strategic plans, assessment, tracking and data - for past four years. I also provided evidence of student voice feedback and action plans and marking and planning QA evidence.
A selection of students of a range of abilities were met from each year group (we were allowed to select these).
The current focus for HMI geography inspections is Mapping, as this will feed into a report in 3 years time!!! Progression of skills including numeracy and literacy were also a focus as well as enquiry. Students sense and understanding of place was examined.
Please let me know if you would like to know anymore specific details and I will try to help. I am having my debrief with SLT this week (delayed due to lots of fieldwork last week!) to refocus the strategic plan for the department.

Our outcome was satisfactory which was fair, given all the changes and issues the department has faced in the last few years.

Hope this helps

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Re: OFSTED Subject Inspection
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2011, 08:33:23 PM »
Very helpful thank you, we are not expecting a whole school visit anytime soon, but we think a department visit might be on the cards...in a school where maths recently gained an outstanding and a whoe world of praise for their data analysis etc I am a little under pressure.


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Re: OFSTED Subject Inspection
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2011, 07:13:34 PM »
Many thanks for the feedback 'everyspoon'!  Do you know if the focus on mapping is in primary geography subject inpsections as well as secondary?  Did you get the impression that they were focusing upon GIS through this focus?
What local authority is your school in?  Whichever it is, it might be less likely that the lightning will strike twice in the same area!

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Re: OFSTED Subject Inspection
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2012, 07:40:01 PM »
Hi,

Sorry for the delay in the reply.
 I would expect that this is the focus for both primary and secondary schools as the progression of skills was a key focus.
She was interested in GIS and how it was used at both the group and individual level. She seemed particularly keen to see how it can be used (e.g. UMapper and Google Earth) to enhance students understanding of place during lessons, not just in a computer suite (although if you are new to this try the GIS Zone for some good examples). However she did want to see how map skills are integrated throughout the Geography curriculum (although I did give examples of cross curricular links where other departments had examples of best practice).

Hope this helps,

everyspoon

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Re: OFSTED Subject Inspection
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2012, 08:30:12 PM »
Just for info - I think they do 30 primary and 30 secondary geography inspections a year!

Subject specific criteria is here . http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/generic-grade-descriptors-and-supplementary-subject-specific-guidance-for-inspectors-making-judgemen

 

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