Becoming Inspection Ready For OFSTED
As an education provider regulated by OFSTED, it is essential to be compliant with the regulations. In fact, it is necessary to know what to expect before each inspection. Indeed, this usually creates some seeming uncertainty for the teacher. It could cause some teachers to go through a lot in the bid to successfully pass the OFSTED inspection. Of course, this becomes even more demanding since your assessment isn’t dependent on some individual lesson alone. Notwithstanding, there are some things you must do which could help your disposition and general preparedness towards the next assessment.
Don’t fix what isn’t broken.
Firstly, try not to alter the methods that have worked well with your students. It is possible to find some teachers seeking to adopt new practices that they had never used before in class. Indeed, this may be because they feel the new methods could produce some ‘magic.’ Interestingly, this may turn out comparatively unproductive. Not because those practices are not fantastic, but because the approach is new to the teacher as well as the students. Thus, what is advisable is that the teacher sticks to his usual methods of teaching since those methods had proved useful.
Outline your objectives
You may also list out specific outlines which are objectives you have met or would meet. Again, this should be done knowing what the inspectors want to see and would look out for in the assessment. You may do this as follows. Outline the topic into its core component such that the student can have an understanding of each critical fragment that makes up the entire subject.
Stay positive and optimistic.
Another essential tip for your OFSTED inspection is to have an optimistic and positive attitude as would be expected of a good teacher. Ensure you are punctual as much as you can and make all the necessary arrangements before the time of the inspection. You should display such authority that shows you are in control of the class, without making the pupils feel bored through the teaching session. For example, your inspectors may look out for attributes that suggest how much the teacher has understood the pupils in the class, mainly to see if he knows their capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses and also to see how he has been working to improve on the students. Indeed, this could also suggest to a large extent, how cordial the teacher-student relationship is.
Continuously carry out assessments.
As you teach, make assessments of how many students are following along. Ask questions intermittently and especially after every significant point or when you have finished explaining a subtopic. After that, move to the next one. You shouldn’t wait till you are done with the topic before you start asking questions from the students. If you do this, you may have shown that you do not understand the rudiments of effective communication. You may also do a recap at the end of the class, stating the essential components of the lesson.
Keep calm and stay relaxed.
Lastly, don’t get yourself worked up by thoughts of an inspection. One thing you do not need is to appear nervous before people. It could, in fact, make you lose focus and send the wrong signals. Ensure you feel comfortable and try to ensure that everything you do flows naturally. There is no point getting too uptight. After all, it’s just an inspection, and it’s not the end of the world.
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