Self-evaluation and inspection: joined-up thinking from The Key’s conference

Mary Myatt’s site (link in blog) has lots of really useful resources. Well worth a visit!

Key insights

adam-wainwright-researcher-480It is no secret that inspection is a high-pressure element of most school leaders’ lives. As a researcher at The Key, if I can help them even a little when it comes to inspection, I’m happy. That’s why I’m always interested to hear strategies and practical ideas to pass on to our members.

One talk that particularly interested me at our recent one-day conference on school inspection was Mary Myatt’s presentation on completing an accurate self-evaluation, to which many staff contribute. Staff need to be clear how you’ve determined your plans and priorities – and able to express this to inspectors.

It stands to reason that the better your own evaluation, the fewer surprises you’ll have when the Ofsted team arrives. A phrase I heard more than once throughout the day, from those describing a successful inspection, was “You should lead the inspection, not let the inspectors lead you”…

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