A headteacher with an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating has solved the looming problem of the new shorter, more frequent Ofsted inspections with a unique way of recording evidence.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has described teachers as ‘overwhelmed’ by the expectations by Ofsted.
Last year, the notice period for inspections was reduced from 1 to 2 weeks to 1 to 2 days. This year, Ofsted have decided that inspections will be shorter but more frequent.
This added pressure on teachers has undoubtedly contributed to the teachers’ union’s recent decision to strike.
Giles Storch; leadership speaker, schools advisor and Headteacher of Euxton CE Primary School recently rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, has found a way to beat the system.
Rather than waiting for the dreaded news ‘Ofsted are coming’, Storch took matters into his own hands and installed a system that meant that by regularly adding documents, images and even video to a timeline for each pupil as evidence of achievement, when Ofsted did turn up, his school was always ready. Ofsted are able to view a comprehensive timeline-based report for every class, pupil, subject or key stage – even every teacher.
Ofsted have described the system as;
‘Very clever, very clear’.
Joe Ryan, Co-Founder of Earwig Academic says;
‘There is a huge dichotomy between tech-savvy teachers taking photos and videos with a tablet in the classroom and the extremely time consuming and rather primitive ‘print and display’ way of presenting this evidence for Ofsted – a practise still used by most schools. We founded Earwig specifically to save teachers’ precious time and we’re delighted by the overwhelmingly positive response from both teachers and school administrators to this new educational tool.’