Top Tips for Improving Ofsted Ratings
2nd July 2015
In 2013-2014, 6,469 out of 21,975 schools in the UK were visited by Ofsted. 82% of primary schools and 71% of secondary schools received a good or outstanding oftsed ratings. Do you want to get your Ofsted rating up from ‘requiring improvement’ to ‘good’?
We’ve listed some tips that might just help shift your school’s ofsted ratings.
Ofsted have summarised some key areas for improvement within schools previously investigated, including:
- Pupils need an organised and structured environment for learning, where expectations of pupils are set at a high standard.
- The achievement gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is not closing quickly
- High quality teaching is vital, with focus on getting the basics right across all subject areas.
4 areas under Ofsted’s investigation:
Leadership and management: This can include anything from how supportive your staff are, to pupil premium funding being spent effectively to narrow the achievement gap. In order to improve this spending, schools must be a lot more structured and reach all disadvantaged pupils not just a select few.
Behaviour and safety of pupils: This includes how effectively teachers deal with badly behaved children in the classroom. Schools must also ensure that all pupils learn and understand the different types of bullying, from homophobic to cyber-bullying. To develop this further schools should create a classroom behaviour policy and ensure teachers follow this for consistent handing of pupils’ behaviour. Documenting evidence of the school behaviour is critical for reporting and taking action to improve your ofsted ratings.
Impero Education Pro affords teachers control of the classroom, in order to keep them focussed on the task at hand. Features include opening a specific webpage on all devices at the click of a button.
Quality of teaching: Schools must ensure that teaching is consistently good by making sure the work given to pupils is challenging and engaging. In order to progress this section further, schools should allow for good progress of students in addition to making sure that feedback provides them with an opportunity to improve to the maximum level.
Achievement of pupils: This links closely with quality of teaching and involves ensuring pupils gain the required amount of A*-Cs in GCSE – or the relevant levels needed for the core subjects in primary schools. In order to progress this further, the school must identify pupils that are falling behind earlier and more efficiently.
Now that mobile devices are becoming common within the classroom, e-safety is becoming more pertinent within education, and the need for classroom management software, therefore, continues to grow. Ofsted will be looking at e-safety, e-learning and related activities within all future inspections. The list below identifies ways that help deliver safety to pupils and ensure you get the high Ofsted ratings you desire.
- Every school should have a designated safeguarding officer, who is responsible for the safety of all pupils within the school, whether that be through concerns teachers may have about an individual or the safe recruiting of staff themselves.
- Each school should have an online reporting mechanism; this should report on all issues relating to the online safety of pupils e.g. monitoring what they are accessing rather than blocking. Impero Education Pro is a classroom management software solution that records violations when children are attempting to access inappropriate content. The violations are captured via screenshot or a video recording and stored within the software for later access, if necessary. As well as this, Impero Education Pro has an anonymous reporting tool, named Confide, enabling children to raise concerns, anonymously, about themselves or their peers
- Schools should provide e-safety training for all members of staff to improve understanding that everyone is responsible for e-safety. The training should include up to date content; for example, currently this should include the new introduction of preventing extremism and radicalisation in UK schools. Impero’s student monitoring software has recently produced a new keyword library, based on anti-terrorism, extremism and radicalisation, in addition to the existing keyword libraries, including those designed to detect homophobic bullying and eating disorders. At-risk behaviour is flagged and reported and schools are provided with definitions of each term in order to understand the context, allowing the appropriate support and action to be taken.
- E-safety should be integrated into the curriculum where the pupils will gain the skills and knowledge needed to stay safe online.
- E-safety policies should be in place within the school, and these should be created in conjunction with students. The policies should also be made readily available in the forms of posters and other raw materials.
- The school should raise awareness of e-safety to parents through newsletters and other regular e-safety resources. This will allow parents to mirror the rules and practices put in place at school, in the home environment, providing maximum safeguarding of pupils.
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