This survey explored teachers’ attitudes on the current school inspection framework and the impact Ofsted has on working conditions and school improvement. The survey, carried out in October 2013, sought information on how the inspection affected members and other school staff as well as general views of the Ofsted inspection regime.
This briefing gives advice on how Ofsted inspectors may scrutinise pay policies and pay progression information during inspections. It provides information on the current relevant Ofsted requirements relating to leadership and management and what inspectors will look for during a Section 5 inspection visit.
This response outlines the NUT’s concerns about proposed changes to Ofsted inspection arrangements for early years provision. It also considers Government proposals to extend Ofsted’s role in early years quality assurance and improvement work at the expense of local authorities’ existing support services.
In April 2010 Ofsted introduced a common inspection framework for all Children’s Centres. This document offers guidance on the inspection framework for NUT members and Children’s Centres representatives.
This survey was conducted in autumn 2008. It was sent to a random sample of 1000 nursery, primary, secondary and special school teachers, including head teachers, whose school had received an OFSTED inspection in the previous year. It asked about members’ views of OFSTED in general and their perceptions of the most recent inspection they had experienced. A number of questions which appeared in the 2008 survey were used previously in NUT surveys of members in 2004 and 2006.
The NUT’s submission to the Select Committee covers a range of school accountability issues, including the DCSF’s proposals for a School Report Card, OFSTED inspections, school performance tables and the Making Good Progress pilot scheme.
To accompany the survey of NUT school representatives working in special measures schools in 2008, the NUT undertook desk-based research on the schools which had been placed into the category by OFSTED. This included using the inspection reports of each school to identify any contextual challenges which such schools faced and determining the level of deprivation in the locality of each school. A set of maps which show the distribution of special measures schools and local deprivation factors are included as appendices.
The revised legal provisions in the Education Act 2006 came into effect on 1 April 2007. New statutory guidance on schools causing concern was issued by the DCSF in May 2007 and replaces that issued in 2006, guidance upon which was contained in Union Circular 06-052/EEO. The DCSF statutory guidance document is available to download from http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/sie/si/SCC/news/2007
In February 2004, OFSTED published a consultation paper on 'The Future of Inspection'. This proposed radical changes to the school inspection system, including shorter but more frequent inspections, which would be undertaken with minimal or no notice and an increased emphasis on school self-evaluation.
This document contains the NUT’s policy on and proposals for the evaluation of schools and teachers. It covers topics including inspection, self-evaluation, the role of local authorities and national school accountability mechanisms.