Ofsted

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) inspect schools and other educational settings. In this section of the Better Governor website, you will be able to find articles and resources which highlight, summarise and synthesise information and guidance relating to Ofsted and school inspections which is of relevance to all governing bodies.

  • HMCI (Ofsted) Annual Report

    Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools annual report for 2015-16 was published in early December. This article reviews his comments on school governance. Read more....

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2016

  • ‘Improving Governance’– a new Ofsted report

    ‘Improving Governance’ in Complex and Challenging Circumstances is a new report just published by Ofsted. The report summarises an Ofsted survey of improving schools and focuses on their governance arrangements. Read more...

    Author: Ruth Murton December 2016

  • School inspection update, June 2016 - messages and reflections

    This month's Ofsted school inspection update reflects on the year so far with a focus on short inspections carried out in previously good schools.

    Author: Ruth Murton July 2016

  • The role of governors in monitoring the quality of teaching

    This article explores the role of school governors in relation to the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in their school.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2016

  • "Amateurish" v Professional School Governance

    This article reflects on recent comments made by Sir Michael Wilshaw, Head of Ofsted and explores how governing bodies can ensure that governance in their school is professional and not "amateurish."

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2015

  • Disadvantaged pupils - what governors need to know?

    This article explores how we define 'disadvantaged pupil' in our schools and what it means in relation to 'closing the gap'. Most importantly, how do governors ensure that no child is left behind?

    Author: Ruth Murton November 2015

  • Ofsted Short Inspections

    This article explores the key elements of Ofsted's new short inspections, for good schools, which was introduced since September 2015.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2015

  • Ofsted - a new framework

    Ofsted have consulted on the new framework, published the outcomes of the consultation, briefed Headteacher associations and Teacher unions, and published materials where they will be used in all inspections from September 2015 onwards.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2015

  • Ofsted Short Inspections VIDEO

    This subscriber video explores the key implications of the new Ofsted short inspections for governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2015

  • New Ofsted Framework VIDEO

    This subscriber content video outlines the key changes in new Ofsted framework introduced in September 2015. Its focus is on what governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England need to know. This video applies to Governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2015

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Barring Parents from Schools - New DfE Guidance

The Department for Education has published guidance for maintained schools and academies advising them on how to control access to school premises, including barring parents and carers from schools. The guidance confirms that anyone on a school site, who should not be there, is trespassing. The guidance advises schools how to handle such situations. To read this article in full, log into your |Better Governor account or simply register, for free, by clicking the orange button.

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