The Office of Standards and Assessment (Ofsted) is a highly respected national inspectorate, responsible for ensuring that schools are providing good education to all children in England. They assess school systems, looking at what is working well, and where improvements could be made. Their assessments are based on a number of indicators of progress. They have five distinct areas they use to evaluate schools.
Ofsted is now taking a serious approach to evaluating schools’ improvement, requiring schools to report on what needs to improve. This is known as the Ofsted requires improvement, and is one of the most significant changes to the way Ofsted assesses schools. Improve Ofsted grade assesses whether a school is doing enough to improve, and whether it is making measurable progress in areas such as leadership, teaching and discipline.
While Ofsted requires improvement is a very new initiative, it does provide teachers and parents with some understanding of what a school is doing to improve.
Ofsted requires improvement is a framework, which has been designed to guide schools in their work to improve, and to help them demonstrate how they are meeting the needs of all students. Schools will work to improve their performance in four areas – leadership, management, curriculum, and attainment.
These areas of improvement will help schools to understand what the Ofsted requires improvement requires. It will help schools to identify their strengths and weaknesses and to understand the impact these areas have on the life chances of all students.
Leadership and Management
There is no doubt that leadership and management are critical to improving school outcomes. School leaders and managers can be highly influential in improving outcomes for pupils. But, they must be supported by an infrastructure that enables them to lead and manage effectively.
The Ofsted requires improvement framework will help schools to identify their leadership and management strengths and weaknesses, and will help them to understand what their role is in improving student outcomes.
The Ofsted requires improvement framework will support schools to identify their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the curriculum. The framework will give schools a clear picture of how well or badly they are performing.
Ofsted requires improvement will help to show what progress has been made and where there is more work to do.
A lack of achievement among some pupils is one of the key issues that Ofsted requires improvement will address. Ofsted requires improvement will ensure that schools are looking at their performance in terms of the overall quality of the educational experience for all pupils.
A school’s performance will be judged on its record in teaching and learning, as well as the qualifications of its staff.
As the Ofsted requires improvement becomes more rigorous, schools will become much more aware of the factors that influence their performance. Schools will now be able to identify and plan for the changes they will need to make to improve their performance.