Just wondering if any of you have gone through an ofsted inspection at the secondary school you work at and whether you had any involvement in it? Did you have to answer questions? Show what you do to keep kids safe etc? Any experiences would be great, was just interested to see what it involved.
Good to know. Just didn't want them to turn up and fire questions with me completely blind sided Cheers
The meetings took the form of question/answer sessions [I was answering!]
I don't recall the details of the questions as even the most recent Q/A session was some time ago. All I can recall is a general impression of how the meetings went. I kept my answers short but I answered honestly. All things considered I seriously doubt I had much influence on the outcome of the schools' Ofsted inspections on these occasions.
I guess they could talk to you and topics are likely to include value for money, copyright and safeguarding. I must admit I haven't spoken to OfSTED inspectors in my capactity of Network Manager in their 2 visits I have been at this school. The theme of the inspection will also likely give you a clue whether you are likely to be asked to talk to them and what the topic of conversation may be.
It will vary from inspection to inspection, partly down to the expertise and knowledge of the inspectors, partly down to the focus on the inspection, and partly down to reaction to the inspectors' experience whilst in the school.
If there is a focus on safeguarding you may be asked to help respond, partly about your role in the decision making about filters and access to computers / resources. If there is a specific subject focus and that has a crossover with your work (i.e. you provide considerable resources / facilities) then that could be something they ask about.
In general the inspectors can speak to *any* member of staff, but only do so if they have a good reason to.
As Dave has said, as long as you answer truthfully there should not be a problem. Always be willing to say that you are not completely sure about something but explain who you would go to for support or advice. Try to have an awareness of the school policies (which everyone should anyway) but don't stress about it.
8 years - three Ofsteds - never been asked anything
I was in our last ofsted, they wanted to see our realtime reporting to parents and asked questions on how much its used etc
7 years 2 inspection never been asked anything
Last school - special measures for 2 years, termly inspections... Nothing
This school - ofsted twice to early years, ISI once to main school ( but due back soon)... Still nothing
10 years 2 Ofsteds, one due very soon. Not been asked anything. Well not true was asked if I could have a look at a laptop for an inspector once. Also they wanted to use our wireless.
2 ofsteds, asked about my role etc on the first one, the 2nd one they saw me again and just said hello, no need to speak to you again. lol
The guy who picked up our Electronic waste mentioned that OFSTED may ask to look at your documentation for disposal. I think the NM here has spoken to OFSTED before but a while ago.
I did have a couple of questions asked because the ICT Co-ordinator couldn't answer or advised them that I could answer better. They were only simple questions like lifecycles and budget allocations etc. I dont think any of the questions asked made a difference.
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