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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Lewis

Preparing for an OFSTED Inspection - With a Focus Personal Development

OFSTED inspections can be stressful, but preparing thoroughly can help to ensure a smooth process and a positive outcome. Here is a checklist to help you prepare for an OFSTED inspection on personal development:

Review your policies and procedures: Ensure that your policies and procedures are up-to-date and in line with OFSTED standards. Check that you have documented processes for monitoring and evaluating the personal development of pupils, and that these are regularly reviewed and updated.


Gather evidence: Collect evidence of your school's approach to personal development, including lesson plans, assessment records, and feedback from pupils and teachers. Be sure to include examples of how you support the emotional and social development of pupils, as well as their academic progress.


Prepare pupils: Discuss the inspection with pupils and explain the role they play in the process. Encourage them to be honest and forthcoming about their experiences of personal development at school, and to be proud of their achievements.


Brief staff: Ensure that all staff are aware of the inspection and the focus on personal development. Provide them with the relevant information and guidance, and encourage them to be confident and positive in their interactions with inspectors.


Review your data: Review your data on personal development, including attendance, behaviour, and progress, to ensure that it is accurate and up-to-date. Be prepared to discuss any challenges you have faced and the steps you have taken to address them.


Prepare the environment: Ensure that the school environment is welcoming and conducive to learning. Check that classrooms and common areas are tidy, well-organised, and free from distractions.


Plan for the inspection: Establish a clear plan for the inspection, including who will be responsible for each aspect and what information and evidence will be provided. Rehearse the plan with staff to ensure that everyone is prepared and confident.


By following this checklist, you can help to ensure that you are well-prepared for an OFSTED inspection on personal development, and that you can demonstrate the high-quality support you provide to pupils in this important area.

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