10 Oct

Inspection skills training for headteachers and senior leaders: Ensuring Outstanding Monitoring, Evaluation and Improvement

Developed by PBM, Inspection skills training for headteachers and senior leaders is a course which has a lengthy and successful track record of helping headteachers and other senior leaders sharpen their evaluation skills and extend their capacity to monitor and improve their schools. Based on the current inspection schedule, updated to include relevant national developments, the three-day course helps senior managers develop inspection and evaluation skills. It covers most aspects of school self-evaluation and gives examples of good practice.
It provides participants with a broad knowledge of the inspection process and fosters those indispensable skills for gathering pertinent data efficiently and then making unequivocal judgements. The training promotes an embedded understanding that is necessary when applying the knowledge and skills widely in a range of school contexts. By the end of the course, participants are able to analyse school data to identify strengths and weaknesses in performance, check the accuracy of assessment data and judgements about progress through rapid and rigorous work sampling, and then diagnose causal factors through effective observation of teaching. Each participant receives a workbook packed with exemplar material, templates and resources that can be immediately used on return to school.

The course is highly valued by those who attend:

“I rushed away on Friday to battle my way up the M1, but I wanted to thank you all for the Inspection skills course run by Bruce over the past 3 weeks. It was so helpful, wise and enlightening for me and has really helped me in my thinking and planning. I also would like to thank the lovely ladies who wait outside to park us every morning in the cold – not a job I would relish and the excellent hospitality team including the chef whose culinary treats surpass anything I have ever experienced in a course in 25 years of teaching!” (Friday 09 October 2015)

The value of the course is perhaps best expressed by those who have attended:

“I attended the 3 day ‘Inspection Skills For Headteachers’ course in January 2014 as we were  due an Ofsted Inspection at any time and I wanted to ensure our school was as ready as we could be, and that I was ready, too! This course covered everything you should know as you prepare for inspection, but made the (previously) daunting prospect really straightforward and uncomplicated. What I found especially helpful was how to present what you know you are doing well in a format Ofsted can easily understand and not have to go searching for. Things like the school self-evaluation, pupil case studies and data were presented so clearly, we just couldn’t go wrong! I knew we were at least a ‘Good’ school, and probably borderline ‘Outstanding’. The course helped me to highlight our strengths and to make clear what we were doing to address any areas that weren’t so strong. I am delighted to say we got ‘Outstanding’ in every area of the Ofsted report and it is without a doubt that this course gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence to present the school in the best way we could. Thank you.”

The course helps participants to

  • UNDERSTAND the inspection schedule.
  • USE audit, evaluation, and inspection trails (learning walks) to diagnose strengths, weaknesses, and priorities for improvement.
  • MAKE accurate judgements from a range of evidence.
  • SHARPEN data analysis and progress tracking skills (including RAISE online and other school performance data).
  • USE and improving quality assurance systems.
  • OBSERVE lessons accurately and effectively and recording findings.
  • SAMPLE work efficiently and effectively.
  • EVALUATE and developing self-evaluation systems.
  • COMMUNICATE self-evaluation findings, including high quality oral and written communication, and feedback to various stakeholders.
  • IDENTIFY strengths and weaknesses and planning for improvement.

To find out the next dates for this course, the venue and costs please go to Inspection skills training for headteachers and senior leaders: Ensuring Outstanding Monitoring, Evaluation and Improvement