Ofsted/Estyn

The NUT resources on this page provide updated information and guidance for members and school representatives on Ofsted inspections.

Estyn has a range of policies and guidance to ensure that their work is carried out according to best practice, within relevant legislation and according to the Welsh Civil Service rules. Full details on Estyn can be found here.

Ofsted
The NUT is opposed to the current Ofsted regime for school inspection. The Union supports a model of school improvement and accountability which is based around professional dialogue, and that is supportive and developmental, rather than one which is intrusive and punitive.

A new framework for school inspection was introduced in September 2015. In September 2016, minor changes were made to the School Inspection Handbooks for both section 5 inspections covering school inspections under the common inspection framework and section 8 inspections for short, monitoring and unannounced behaviour school inspections.

Ofsted/Estyn

What’s new with Ofsted?

A new Ofsted inspection framework took effect from September 2015. In August and September 2016, Ofsted republished, with some minor amendments, some key inspection documents, including the School Inspection Handbook, and the non-association independent school inspection handbook. This NUT document sets out all the key changes that members need to know about.

Ofsted inspection framework

Ofsted inspection framework

A new common inspection framework was introduced in September 2015. An NUT guide to the framework can be found here.

One-day, short inspections for ‘good’ schools

One-day, short inspections for ‘good’ schools

NUT guidance on short one-day inspections for ‘good’ schools can be found here.

Ofsted – An NUT survival guide

Ofsted – An NUT survival guide

Many teachers are concerned about Ofsted inspection. It can be a ‘high stakes’ process which puts individual teachers, departments or teams, and whole schools under intense pressure. This document provides information and advice about inspection from the NUT.

Ofsted Inspections: myths

Ofsted Inspections: myths

This Ofsted document, previously known as the ‘Clarification for schools’, represents a significant breakthrough in the talks with Government on teachers’ workload and is intended to confirm facts about the requirements of Ofsted and to dispel myths that can result in unnecessary workloads in schools.

Complaining about Ofsted

Complaining about Ofsted

An NUT guide to the Ofsted complaints procedure can be found here.

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