OFSTED Subject Guidance English 2014

Peter Monfort

The OFSTED subject guidance is used by inspectors when carrying out subject surveys.  It should not be used for the more familiar inspections known as Section 5 or full inspections.  For these inspections the Ofsted School Inspection Handbook is the text which should be used.

Who should you be interested in these documents?

Well Subject Leaders should take a look at them since they lay out exactly what Ofsted looks for in a survey visit and they are unsurprising more subject focused than the School Inspection handbook.  They also focus on the curriculum rather than behaviour as a judgement area.  Behaviour still features however in the overall judgements, teaching judgements and leadership judgements.

Do they have any other use?

Senior leaders might find the documents useful too if they are carrying out what many refer to as a Faculty reviews or the checking of provision for a given subject area. …

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