7 Ofsted Inspection Myths for Teachers

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Are you producing things in your school that you don’t need to be doing?

Here are 7 common Ofsted myths busted for you. Wonderful. Grab a cup of tea and a biscuit and enjoy having a few gimmicks pushed into touch.

1. Teaching style ‘X’ is best

Ofsted just wants to know that your teaching style impacts the progress of the students. There’s not a one teaching style fits all. Different things work for different teachers.

2. You must show your lesson plans

Who would have thought it? Ofsted does not require schools to provide physical lesson plans – past, present or future. Inspectors are however interested in the effectiveness of lesson plans. They will judge overall how well lessons are planned but aren’t interested in the specific form of planning. Wonderful.

3. Always include quality and diversity

Inspectors don’t expect equality and diversity to be a part of every lesson. All they want is evidence that the students learn about the multicultural world they’ll live and work in.

4. Some subject grades can limit the school’s overall grade

According to the inspection handbook, “Ofsted doesn’t regard English, mathematics and work experience as limiting grades on study programmes.” Simples.

5. Differentiate everything

Differentiation is important, but inspectors know it’s unrealistic to expect every task or activity in every class to be tailored to individuals. They just want to know that you’re thinking about different pupil needs and making sure all students can achieve their full potential.

6. Information and learning technology is a must

Information and learning technology (ILT) does not have to be used in every lesson. You don’t have to weave it in just for the sake of it basically. It has its benefits, but best kept to when relevant.

7. In-house observations and grading are essential

Well, this is good news for you! Ofsted doesn’t actually expect all teachers to be observed and graded by your leaders. Woo-hoo! It’s completely up to your leaders what method they use to improve the quality of teaching, but for goodness sake, don’t beat teachers over the head!

The busting myths guidance is to highlight specific practices that are not required by Ofsted. It is up to schools themselves to determine their practices and for leadership teams to justify these on their own merits.

Now you’ve got this far, create lesson plans for you and try the 5-Minute Digital Lesson Plan to reduce your workload.

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In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

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