Good lord, I’ve been writing this blog a long time.
Things are slightly more complicated this time round though as the kind and frequency of an inspection a school will undergo will depend more on their current Ofsted rating.
Schools already rated OUTSTANDING are exempt from inspection unless they trigger warnings from a risk assessment of data (in other words their results drop through the floor) or other triggers such as whistle-blowing or substantive parental complaints (p8).
Schools already rated as GOOD will receive a one day light touch inspection every three years. The Handbook for these Section 8 inspections is here and “Careers” or “Destinations” isn’t mentioned once. If the school causes enough of a concern during this one day visit or shows evidence that it might be able to move to OUTSTANDING, within 48 hours a further team of HMI will arrive to carry out a full Section 5 inspection (helpful flow chart p14).
So now the new 2015 Section 5 Inspection Handbook instructs HMI to look for:
In the “Personal development, behaviour and welfare” section, OUTSTANDING schools careers provision will:
while in GOOD schools:
(pages 49 & 50)
while in the “Outcomes for pupils” section the descriptors include:
(pages 55 & 56)
For schools with a Sixth Form provision in the section “the effectiveness of the 16-19 study programmes” the descriptors read:
(pages 63 & 64)
It’s nice to see the spread of CEIAG verdicts across two of the four key judgement areas and I like the balance between a descriptor on provision and descriptor on outcomes. It’s worth bearing in mind though that the new regime will see fewer schools be questioned about their careers provision as a smaller number will be undergoing full Section 5 inspections than before.
As ever, if I’ve missed something, give me a shout in the comments below.