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Ofsted Inspection Framework (to Jan 2012)
Please visit the Grid page below for the latest information for Hertfordshire schools on the:
See also the support available to schools :
The following information and links were made available on this website prior to the new Ofsted Inspection Framework in January 2012.
Ofsted Documents: Summary of Changes (September 2010)
See pages 15,16 for changes to grade descriptors.
The Hertfordshire-specific evaluation schedule is for use with the additional elements of the profile that are not covered by Ofsted’s evaluation schedule – these are marked in italics on the profile. All other elements are covered by Ofsted’s evaluation schedule.
The first additional element focuses on the outcomes for the school’s vulnerable groups, other than for students with SEND, which is already covered by the Ofsted evaluation schedule. This will allow schools to consider groups specific to the school and to assess the quality of its work with those students.
The remaining Hertfordshire-specific elements are concerned with partnership working. The point of producing this additional guidance is to encourage schools to consider their partnerships in more detail than is required by the Ofsted evaluation schedule, and to foster a greater understanding of what constitutes good work with the range of partners. In turn, this will allow schools to talk with greater confidence to Ofsted inspectors about the impact of their partnership work.
The Evaluation Schedule for Hertfordshire Schools
As part of the training for 'January 2012 Ofsted Framework and Self-Evaluation: SEF or no SEF!' we offered a draft SEF aligned to the new evaluation schedule. This is available to download from the link below:
Tackling the New SEF - Guidance and Advice for Headteachers
Hertfordshire Word Versions of the SEF:
Self Evaluation Form for Primary Schools (With or Without Nursery Provision)
Dec 2011 - withdrawn. Please refer to new draft SEF referred to above.
Self Evaluation Form for Secondary Schools (With or Without Sixth Form)
Subject Leadership SEF
Subject Leadership SEF - Shortened Version
We have developed some resources to support schools in writing SEF Sections which can be viewed at:
The following are links to Ofsted inspection documentation based on the previous inspection framework. The link below provides access to previously published inspection guidance documents which are no longer in use but can be used as archive material for research.
Monitoring Inspections of Schools Whose Overall Effectiveness is Satisfactory
Updated guidance for inspecting schools whose overall effectiveness is satisfactory under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. This protocol sets out the basis on which schools, whose overall effectiveness was judged to be satisfactory at their last inspection, are selected for a section 8 monitoring inspection. The protocol applies to schools, which were inspected since September 2009 under the current section 5 inspection framework
Monitoring Inspections - September 2011
Monitoring inspections of schools whose overall effectiveness is satisfactory:
Monitoring inspections of schools with a notice to improve:
Schools inspection documents: Summary of changes includes changes relating to removal of online SEF:
Inspecting academies and Academy Predecessor Schools - September 2011
Section 8 Protocols for the Selection Grade 3 Schools - May 2010
This protocol sets out the basis on which some of the schools whose overall effectiveness is satisfactory (grade 3 schools) are selected for a section 8 monitoring inspection. The protocol applies to schools which were inspected before September 2009 under the previous inspection framework.
Protocol for the Selection of Schools Whose Overall Effectiveness is Graded Satisfactory for a Monitoring Inspection - December 2010
This protocol sets out the basis on which some of the schools, whose overall effectiveness was judged to be satisfactory at their last inspection, are selected for a section 8 monitoring inspection. The protocol applies to schools which were inspected since September 2009 under the current section 5 inspection framework.
There are a limited number of circumstances in which a decision can be taken that an inspection should not go ahead on the planned dates. The purpose of this policy is to set out Ofsted’s approach to the deferral, cancellation and rescheduling of inspections.
Ofsted produced a number of supplementary guidance and resources which can still be downloaded from their web site. These covered topics such as community cohesion, safeguarding, english as an additional language, engagement with parents and carers. The supplementary guidance can still be downloaded from their archive at:
The documents are contained in a .zip file.
Draft guidance for inspectors on coordinated inspections of hard federations and shared sixth forms has been passed to Hertfordshire by David Jones HMI, our Local Managing Inspector. He is happy for me to pass it on to you as long as you remember it is still in draft. Inspectors are trialling the guidance in pilot inspections being carried out in this term and next – conceivably some of these pilots may affect some of our schools with sixth forms. The document is not yet available on the Ofsted website but is available below: