The Ofsted Ready Leader

For all schools - whether good, outstanding or other - one of the most difficult and often distracting aspects of leading and teaching in schools is knowing whether everything is ‘OFSTED ready’.

The term implies that all systems, policies, practice and results are in place and open for scrutiny but good practice would say that preparation for Ofsted is a continuous process and can be recognised and accepted in many forms.

Do you know what Ofsted are looking at and for? Do you know how to satisfy lines of enquiry and how to predict questions and inspection themes?

Do you know what questions they may ask? And who they want to speak with?

Do you know what evidence if required to present within an inspection?

Are you aware of the current framework and the implications this has on teaching and leading within a school?

Are safeguarding systems secure in your school?

Session 1: Understanding the OFSTED Framework

Implications for:

Leadership & Management

  • Middle leaders
    • What they need to know and prepare
  • Senior Leadership
    • What inspectors need to be convinced by
  • Governors
    • How can governors best support through an inspection?
  • Pupil Premium/Sports Funding
  • Pupil Voice

Outcomes for Pupils

  • Progress over time – snapshot versus normal practice
  • Vulnerable groups – how are these being monitored for progress/attainment?
  • Pupil Books
  • Test Information/Soft information – what can the inspectors see and find out?

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

  • Monitoring – knowing what evidence can be prepared to demonstrate innovative T&L
  • Assessing progress over Time
  • Moderation/Quality assurance – ensuring consistency

Behaviour & Welfare

  • Behaviour for Learning – systems that support engagement and participation
  • Pastoral issues/exclusions/attendance

Session 2: Preparation

Knowing what evidence and documents to prepare

  • Key Documents – who gathers/updates these?
  • Staffing

Statutory and exemplary safeguarding

  • SCR
  • Cyber Safety
  • Premises/Security

Knowing what data to present for inspectors

  • a ‘360 degree’ approach

Session 3: Celebrating the School

Embedding SMSC and British Values

  • How to evidence this for inspectors
  • Using the environment

Identifying strengths within the school

  • What makes the school unique?
  • Identify what to prepare and speak about

Session 4: Next Steps

Top Tips for an Outstanding judgement & Case Studies

  • Looking at best practice and pitfalls

This course is suitable for senior leadership team members of all key stages.

Presenter Profiles

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John Medlicott (@johnmedlicott) is the Director of JMC Education (, having held a number of key academic and pastoral leadership roles in schools and colleges. John still teaches in an Ofsted Outstanding School and has taught for over 20 years. As a teacher trainer & school improvement consultant he works with schools across the UK and internationally. He is regularly graded as “outstanding” by delegates on their evaluation forms. John has spoken recently on challenge and differentiation at a National Conference for Deputy Head teachers and is a regular Keynote speaker and workshop provider in School Leadership and Teaching and Learning.

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Simeon Corfield has 20 years of experience working in Primary Education and recognises that good and outstanding teaching is the key to the success for all children. He has worked as a school consultant for the Local Authority in Kent, has been Headteacher at a range of Primary Schools and now, as an independent consultant, his aim is to build relationships with teaching professionals to help them to improve the quality of teaching in schools and support leadership teams with their school improvement priorities.

He offers through a variety of practical approaches for schools: subject/school plan audits; CPD; coaching and mentoring; middle leadership support and teacher appraisal processes. He is also invited to support schools as headteacher for interim periods and also worked alongside Governors and Trust Directors to support recruitment of school leaders.


"Lots of good ideas that I can use tomorrow, exactly what I want from CPD"
Alison Yates, Year Leader, Harlington Upper School
“Excellent ideas for classroom activities”
Ben Burrows, St Paul’s School

Cost: £250 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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