If you’re a primary school teacher, you’ll know just how stressful Ofsted inspections can be. Even if you’re lucky enough to work in a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ school, you and your colleagues will be under a considerable amount of pressure to go above and beyond when the inspectors come to visit.
Though unfortunately there’s no magic wand to make the kids behave - and there are always going to be a few things that don’t go to plan on the day - there are some steps you can take to put yourself, and your school, in a strong position. Keep reading to find out more.
In the world of Ofsted, first impressions count. The opening five minutes of your lesson will have a big impact on the inspector observing you, so make sure all your classes know exactly what’s expected of them. By creating a set routine for the beginning of your lessons, you can ensure every session starts in a calm and ordered way. Get your pupils used to this opening routine by introducing it at as soon as possible and sticking to it week in, week out.
Don’t try too hard
In general, inspectors don’t want to see lessons that are too frenetic or chaotic. Though it’s always good to include an activity in your lesson plan – especially if these activities demonstrate how pupils are engaged, challenged and inspired – too many different elements in a lesson will cause it to become unfocused and unproductive.
Practice makes perfect
When moving into activities, it’s important that your classroom doesn’t descend into chaos and noise. To ensure you’re able to demonstrate collaborative working and imaginative learning, get your pupils to practice transitioning into activities quickly and efficiently. If they’re used to moving the classroom around to suit set activities, and if everyone knows what’s expected of them, your pupils will shine come inspection day.
Nutrition and hydration
If you’re facing an Ofsted inspection, there’s no harm in demonstrating that you go above and beyond when it comes to caring for your pupils. Two aspects that are becoming increasingly important in everyday life are nutrition and hydration. Instilling good habits in pupils at primary school will stand them in good stead for the future and will show inspectors you’re interested in giving children a more rounded education.
Organisations like Fish Hydration can help you set up hydration projects in your school. Not only will this look good to Ofsted, it will also help your pupils be more focused, more alert and more engaged in your lessons.
Take a look around our site to find out more or to set up a hydration station of your own.