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    Re: We're getting an Ofsted Inspection

    If this happens then there is a mechanism in place for the school to challenge the judgement. The draft report will arrive in the Heads email; the school then has 24hrs to respond to the reports findings. If he/she feels that they are not correct, then the inspector may change the report.

    The case you bring to light here seems unusual as some schools may be running on a thin client network and there desktop kit may be re-used old workstations, therefore they may not look good but would be running current software on a current operating system. I know of schools like this that have come out very well after the inspection, yet a large proportion of their IT infrastructure at desktop was old junk.

    One issue that could allow such a report to be published is the general lack of understanding by heads of how a Section 5 inspection works. Even though they have all received information explaining every detail. Therefore many Heads miss the window for challenging findings, simply because they do not check their email or read documentation.

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    Re: We're getting an Ofsted Inspection

    Hmm, just had a look through our SEF. Based upon the number of times ICT is mentioned as a good thing / something we make good use of and responses here, I think we have a 50/50 chance of being spoken to.

    Would be nice to blow our trumpet for 5 mins.

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    Re: We're getting an Ofsted Inspection

    If they do speak with you have some evidence at hand to show that what you deliver makes a difference in the classroom.

    Examples can be how the increase in ICT in humanities has improved the quality of coursework, meaning that the students results are higher than they might have been. (substitute the appropriate subject)

    Electronic resources being made available so that students can study at home is another ...

    If you have anything to do with the MIS in schools make sure you have read the Becta documentation about MIS ... so you can explain why your work benefits all staff, students and parents. The inspectors expect some stock answers but become suitably impressed when it is made relevant to your school (the use of predicted grades or info from FFT / YELIS / ALIS to help with mentoring) and so on.

    I have asked for more guidance on how support staff fit in with OFSTED but the generic answer back is that it is not about how support staff can answer questions about how they are relevant to OFSTED, but how they are relevant to the school ... and if they are asked anything it will only be about how something they do fits in with other things in the school ...

    It will not be "are you doing a good job as a techie / NM?", it will be "we have been told that such and such goes on at the school and you have some input into it ... can you explain your role?"

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    Re: We're getting an Ofsted Inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
    If they do speak with you have some evidence at hand to show that what you deliver makes a difference in the classroom.

    Examples can be how the increase in ICT in humanities has improved the quality of coursework, meaning that the students results are higher than they might have been. (substitute the appropriate subject)

    Electronic resources being made available so that students can study at home is another ...
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    GrumbleDook, do you think that an inspection team is going to have time to speak with IT technicians or Network Managers? Especially when they have such little time in which to interview the entire management team and a selection of Departmental Heads and Teachers. The inspection process is only concerned with whether a school is getting results, improving or has the capacity to improve if the inspection finds fault. If the IT support is doing a good job then certain aspects of school management will come out better. If IT is badly used or resourced it is not your fault but is the fault of leadership and management, whether the NM is part of that is debatable, though I can check this out if you want to know.

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    Re: We're getting an Ofsted Inspection

    Ofsted Day 01.

    2x laptop kernel error bluescreens - both users fault
    1x "forgot how to use Fn + F4 with projector"
    1x projector not powering on.
    1x Ofsted Inspector declaring "I haven't seen anyone using IWBs yet" - Really?, I've seen 12 lessons using them and I don't even get paid to look. (no, I didn't say it out loud).

    Mostly though, it was a very quiet productive day - all the teachers were occupied with something else.

    Oh yeah.....

    1x
    (we have German and French exchange groups onsite, they sit in on lessons with the person they're staying with).
    Ofsted Inspector: "It's rather crowded in here (IT Room)"
    Teacher: "Don't worry, they're Germans"

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    Re: We're getting an Ofsted Inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by petectid
    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
    If they do speak with you have some evidence at hand to show that what you deliver makes a difference in the classroom.

    Examples can be how the increase in ICT in humanities has improved the quality of coursework, meaning that the students results are higher than they might have been. (substitute the appropriate subject)

    Electronic resources being made available so that students can study at home is another ...
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    GrumbleDook, do you think that an inspection team is going to have time to speak with IT technicians or Network Managers? Especially when they have such little time in which to interview the entire management team and a selection of Departmental Heads and Teachers. The inspection process is only concerned with whether a school is getting results, improving or has the capacity to improve if the inspection finds fault. If the IT support is doing a good job then certain aspects of school management will come out better. If IT is badly used or resourced it is not your fault but is the fault of leadership and management, whether the NM is part of that is debatable, though I can check this out if you want to know.
    It varies from school to school. The main task of inspectors is to follow threads within the school and if that means looking at the support behind the mechanisms for delivery then yes, they will, and they will expect the staff to know what impact they are having.

    One example I have had explained to me from Every Child Matters is that of student safety. They looked at bullying and spoke with the EWO, the LSAs, the students, the form tutors and also the support staff, asking about how much bullying goes on via email and what was in place to a) stop it, b) deal with it on a discipline level (looking at commonality of discipline within the school) and finally c) if all staff knew the procedure for reporting and dealing with bullying.

    They may only have spent 10 mins with the techies or they may have come back several times to check further points ... but the emphasis is not on "is the computer network good?" but "is it delivering stuff in line with school policy?" or "does it have an impact on the students?"

    If there are no methods of dealing with offensive messages, or no procedures, or if a techie does not know how to deal with a student bullying another via email ... then it is not the technician at fault, but the school and its leadership (unless the techie had been given the documentation, attended training and still can't be bothered to work it out!)

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