The school visits for the review are carried out during the autumn and spring terms each year and conducted by a team which consists of one Ofsted accredited inspector (Lead Reviewer) and two to four senior leaders from a Partner School.
Pre Review Analysis:
The Lead Reviewer with the senior leaders prepare a Pre Review Analysis (PRA) for the school to be reviewed. The PRA takes account of the identified area of outstanding practice (if applicable) and includes:
- Analysis of school data
- Possible strengths and weaknesses of identified area of outstanding practice (if applicable)
- Timetable for lesson observations (to be joint with the school where possible)
- Staff names for interviews
Review in school – Day 1:
The first day commences with a meeting of review team and senior leaders in school to discuss the PRA. The School provides an overview of quality of teaching and learning which the review will triangulate and moderate. Throughout the day, the team undertake review activities (lesson observations, work scrutiny, staff interviews, discussion with school regarding the School Improvement Plan and area of outstanding practice). The day ends with a meeting of the review team and senior leaders in the school to discuss findings and to plan further activities for the final day.
Review in school – Day 2:
The team spends the morning conducting review activities, then meets with the leadership team to discuss the content of the review report before finally meeting by themselves to evaluate their own performance.