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In addition to the support offered by your Hertfordshire School Improvement Partner (HIP) and District School Effectiveness Adviser (DSEA), there is a range of school improvement support also available from SSE which can be tailored to meet individual needs and delivered locally as training, consultancy, whole school INSET or cluster sessions. Find out more:
or visit our one stop school improvement support website 'Herts for learning', where you can view the different types of support available to schools for self evaluation and Ofsted at:
Below is some Ofsted guidance from the Primary Headteacher Seminars - Spring 2012:
Primary Headteacher Seminar Presentation (includes Ofsted Presentation)
Quick Ofsted Guidance for Primary Headteachers
Brief ‘unscientific’ analysis from the 30 primary inspections and feedbacks which have taken place under the new framework since January 2012.
Bristol Document Summary
There is a summary of the framework document available - 'School Inspection Framework from January 2012. A Summary of the Ofsted publication, Ref. 110128, September 2011' at:
Ofsted - Hertfordshire Headteacher Update
Frequently Asked Questions about the New Ofsted Framework from January 2012
As part of the training for 'January 2012 Ofsted Framework and Self-Evaluation: SEF or no SEF!l' we offer a draft SEF aligned to the new evaluation schedule. An updated version is available to download below for Hertfordshire Schools only:
Self Evaluation Form for Primary Schools - with Grade Descriptors (December 2012)
Subject SEF for Subject Leaders Primary and Nursery (Draft v1 January 2012)
There is guidance on self evaluation for schools in the Ofsted 'Briefings and Information for Use During Inspections of Maintained Schools and Academies from September 2012' (Zip file) which can be downloaded from:
Ofsted publishes a number of subject surveys every year. They look at developments in a specific subject over the previous three years, based on specialist inspectors’ visits to a range of schools
Generic Grade Descriptors and Supplementary Subject-specific Guidance for Inspectors on Making Judgements during Subject Survey Visits to Schools (January 2012)
In coming to subject survey visit judgements inspectors will use the relevant criteria and grade descriptors from the 2012 section 5 evaluation schedule and additional guidance specific to each subject.
Subject Professional Development Materials: History (January 2012)
This resource has been put together to help teachers in primary and secondary schools improve teaching and learning by reflecting on the main messages from the history report, History for all, published in March 2011.
ICT in schools 2008-11 (December 2011)
This report draws on evidence from the inspection of information and communication technology in primary, secondary and special schools between 2008 and 2011. The use of ICT is considered as both a specialist subject and across the wider school curriculum.