In light of the Covid environment it is envisaged that this terms School Improvement Partner visit will be completed virtually. The aims for the visit are that they will support head teachers, inform governors and champion the children. On site visits are possible however they should only be undertaken where there is a very compelling case to do so. Any such visit must be risk assessed and agreed with the central school improvement team.
The report format is designed to be completed virtually using Google Meet or Teams. This should be arranged and tested before the day to ensure a smooth start. The report is an opportunity for the school to demonstrate the progress made in 19/20 both before and during the Covid crisis and to indicate plans for the future. It is a tool to record the school journey during this time, to support evaluation, inform governors and prepare for any Ofsted visit throughout 20/21 and beyond. It has been designed with input from a range of head teachers, the school improvement team and our external SIP partners. The report is aimed at gathering and cross-referencing evidence from a range of school staff and governors (if possible). The judgements made are a best fit ‘snapshot’ in time and finalised following quality assurance from the central School Improvement Team.
All involved parties should carefully study the report template and its questions before the virtual visit. All sections of the report should be attempted however some sections may have more detail than others depending on the position/phase/nature of the school.
Schools may wish to include contextual information regarding attendance before COVID and post. They may also wish to include information regarding attendance for key worker / vulnerable pupils and the impact on the progress of those pupils.
Numbers of disadvantaged pupils may have changed since March 2020 and schools may wish to detail this in their commentary.
Schools may wish to comment on the impact of the lack of access to technology on pupils.
This section includes commentary of school internal data which we know Ofsted would not consider. SIPs will need to ask how this data was collected and moderated and consider its reasonableness inline with the previous outcomes for the school and its general levels of improvement. Following this the data will be taken in good faith. This will include the decisions regarding any baseline assessments in September and making estimations of pupils expected pupil attainment at any key stage and estimations of pupil readiness for the next stage of their education.
Further evidence from books and pupils should also be included where possible. Schools may wish to demonstrate a range of work ‘live’ on screen.
Small schools and special schools may agree to cover their commentary for Part 2 in one report instead of a report for each key stage.
SIPs will complete the Key Stage sections as appropriate to the school and delete non-relevant Key Stages.
Pupil well-being will be a significant consideration in all schools and should be included in the commentary wherever appropriate.
The Leadership section of the report should allow leaders the opportunity to reflect on their school, the impact of COVID and how they have responded.
The main aim of this report remains the production of a clear picture of the school for all school leaders and particularly governors. It is an external check and monitoring of the school self-evaluation to inform governors. The report can only be strengthened through the input from middle leaders and SENDCo. Where at all possible they should be included in the process and provide a source of evidence. The quality of SEND provision should be communicated in each key stage.
A possible timetable for the day:
- 9:00 Log in with HT and agree final arrangements
- 9:15 Discuss part 1 with HT and governor (if possible)
- 10:15 Break
- 10:30 Discuss part 2 with HT and/or middle leaders and/or Sendco and/or governor
- 11:30 Break and partial write up
- 1:00 Discuss part 3 with HT and/or middle leaders and/or Sendco and/or governor
- 2:00 Break and summary (check for any gaps in information)
- 2:30 Brief feedback and summary questions to HT
- 3:00 Final write up, send draft to HT and to email@example.com to begin QA process.