Don’t get in a muddle, make an Ofsted Inspector puddle!
Of all the stresses we encounter during an Ofsted Inspection, (I don’t need to list them, do I?) the most stressful is often the thought of an Ofsted Inspector actually speaking to you. The rumours fly around about the last inspection; that one time someone in Childcare farted at the wrong moment and almost took your college from Outstanding to Unsatisfactory…and SMT are sending out gentle reminders that you work at the most supportive and happy college in the country, and any feedback from staff must resemble that message.
We’re given lists upon lists of what should be in this folder, what should be in that folder, what questions learners may be asked, how classrooms should appear, what our lessons should consist of…the list of lists goes on! While it aims to be helpful, this list overload only leaves us feeling completely unarmed when we come up against a situation for which no list has been provided.
In any good college, your leaders will give you some guidance on what to say when approached by an Ofsted Inspector. However, managers are so used to evidencing the impact of everything they do in one succinct sentence, they miss that all important guidance on how you string these skillfully worded sentences together, without panicking that you’re about to blow the whole operation. It was when one of these good leaders was explaining what kind of things we need to be saying to Ofsted Inspectors that I realised, there’s a simple formula.
PEE on your Ofsted Inspector
As an English teacher, we teach our learners to PEE on their poems, on their essays, on their texts (variations of PEE are used e.g. PEEL, PEED and so on, but personally, I prefer to PEE on everything), so why not PEE on your inspector?
It works on anything!
Point (summarise what you want to share) – “We promote E&D successfully.”
Evidence (what action did you take) – “We have had lots of training on how to identify natural opportunities and turn them in to learning experiences for the learners.”
Explain (the impact) – “We are able to confidently educate our learners about E&D, they understand their responsibilities in relation to the Equality Act and celebrate their differences, both through college projects and in everyday life!”