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    Entries in Ofsted (28)

    Thursday
    Sep122019

    Celebrating diversity, tackling conflict

    The recent protests taking place outside Birmingham, Manchester and London schools have spread to many parts of the country. They have also impacted on colleges. The protests centre around the teaching of same-sex relationships and trans-equality issues. They have resulted in complaints, protests, young people being removed from classes and staff being intimidated and threatened. How are we to respond? How can we maintain a culture of respect? What are outstanding providers doing? Here are my thoughts – what are yours?

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    Thursday
    Sep122019

    Changes to the way Ofsted inspects and reports

    The new Ofsted inspection framework came into force on the 1 September. Equality, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) and British Values continues to feature highly, permeating all four key judgements. Fully integrating and promoting EDI and British values is therefore an essential part of your journey to outstanding and beyond – to be the ‘best of the best’. Are you ready?

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    Thursday
    Sep122019

    Staff well-being

    Do you know that the 2019 new inspection framework has a much sharper focus on staff stress and well-being? Do you know that, according to recent research, staff working in education report the highest rates of work-related stress, depression and anxiety in Britain? But when staff take time off work, many report the cause as a physical illness? Recent research also shows that only 32% of organisations train staff on how to combat stress to support good work-place mental health and well-being. What training and support are you offering? Did you know that there is a free support service for staff?

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    Thursday
    Sep122019

    New statutory guidance on safeguarding

    Did you know that new statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding has just been published? Are you clear on how this new guidance changes the inspection of safeguarding? Did you see the new guidance published in June on safer working practice for staff working in education?

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    Tuesday
    Jun182019

    The new 2019 inspection framework and E&D and British values.

    The new inspection framework has been published. What are the implications for Equality, Diversity (E&D) and British values (BV)? What are the consequences for integrating E&D and BV in the new Quality of Education judgement? What evidence do you have that you are offering a curriculum that is broad, rich and deep? The inclusion of ‘character development’ is a significant step – what are the practical implications for providers? How have you evaluated the range, quality and take-up of extra-curriculum activities that are offered? What if you have reduced enrichment and tutorial activities and opportunities in comparison to the past? Do tutors have the knowledge and confidence to discuss sensitive topics? Do they take advantage of what is going on in the world? How have you evaluated the quality of debate and discussions that take place with learners? How are you nurturing the principles of equality and diversity to create and maintain a positive and respectful ethos and culture? Do you have a ‘hierarchy’ where, for example, where some aspects of bullying or prejudiced and discriminatory behavior are tackled more effectively than others? What training and CPD activities do you need to develop to ensure sufficient staff skills, knowledge and expertise? Has the bar been raised by the new inspection framework?

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