So we’ve got a new handbook, but it’s a lot to wade through, so how’s this for a shortlist?
Things to do to prepare for Ofsted:
- Steal a British Values policy from someone else’s website. Change the school name.
- Get a British Values display up somewhere. Flags compulsory. A picture of the Houses of Parliament a bonus.
- Teach the kids the British values. (Not necessarily in any depth, after all they’re meaningless… but make sure they can crowbar “the rule of law” into pretty much any answer they give to an inspector)
- Teach the governors the British Values (see above)
- Teach the governors everything in Raise. Everything.
- Create some assessment without levels data. (You can achieve this by taking your old levelled data and changing the levels into some new code; they don’t need to understand it)
- Teach the governors the new code
- Make sure you prevent at least a couple of people moving up the payscale. This shows rigour.
- Buy in enough tippex to anonymise the appraisal data for the last three years, but not so much that you can’t see that you prevented someone moving up the payscale.
- Scour every book – ensure that every other page has a detailed comment, with pupil response (left-handed writing may help here)
- Look closely at the marking quality in your school; re-write your policy so that it matches what inspectors will see. They can’t get you on that one, then.
- Upload your curriculum, pupil premium policy, SEN policy, behaviour policy, sports funding report, governor checklist, QTS qualification, birth certificate and last will & testament to the school website.
- Stick labels on pupil premium pupils’ books, trays, chairs, tables and ear lobes.
- Print off your attendance data. All of it. At least thrice weekly, just in case.
- Gather a shortlist of supportive parents. You may want to call them on the morning to ensure that they are available to loiter on the playground and say the right things
Oh… and if you can teach the kids well, all the better!