One of my schools has Ofsted in yesterday and today. It's so quiet! The support staff are laughing and smiling. The teachers are looking harrassed.
I was given an Inspection Questionnaire for school staff this morning, but given that they usually want it to be in on the first day of the inspection and we're now on day 2 then that's probably not worth completing cos they won't have time to look at it.
The school website is bang up-to-date and, given that the number of visitors to it doubled on Tuesday, I'd say the inspectors were probably on there getting information about the school and that's about all I will have contributed to the inspection. :-)
It was late 2011 I think, it was a rather strange request and took the head by suprise, I was hauled into his office and asked to show the inspector that it could be done.
My favourite situation with ofstead was that no salaries were in CMIS as they did not want the CMIS admin one of our team to see them this was along with other staff records.
Whats more funny is the fact I heard from some one who "Knows it all" that Ofsted don't bother with the website and ONLY care about what's printed out. Then again this was a guy who is set in his ways and a dictator.
going through ofsted atm, had two things over yesterday and today both before 8am, not even been called again, very quiet. all my paperwork and website editing is getting done.
Just make sure you meet the latest legislation changes (Sept2012) for compulsory school info displayed on website... if not you may get a visit (if the site is your responsibility). Otherwise, be aware of your disaster recovery protocols, esafety & safeguarding policies, and your AUP, then put your feet up & make a brew knowing your prepped for anything they're likely to ask you should they deem it fit to doso.
As a school governor, I was told that the only information that the school can be judged prior to the visit is the school website and the Raise Online report and that Ofsted will use these to come up with the inspection focus points.
Lack of information on the website is as damning as having the wrong information there. Every school needs to make sure that its website is giving the hard sell on what it is doing right, particularly in terms of ensuring pupil progress and the vulnerable groups.
The school where I am governor is certainly keeping an eye on the website usage as we are expecting Ofsted.
My employing school, an independent, has to provide everything electronically for ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate). We had one inspector whose lack of computer literacy caused me and our head of preschool no end of grief. The rest though were fine.
Check out Evaluating your School Website | Clerk to Governors to ensure your website is up to scratch... ;)