Monthly Archives August 2013

Using the extended work scrutiny in schools to move from good to outstanding

So you have the extended work scrutiny model working and you have an archive to call upon. Maybe you have three from the past year, one you completed at the end of term 1, one you carried out in term 3 and a final one in term 6. By now you are a ‘dab hand’ at the process and the interrogation of the evidence would have enhanced the consistency of the presentation across the whole school. Also, your teachers will have gain a greater understanding of what is being asked of them. Yes of course there will be disappointments along
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Extended Work Scrutiny in Schools: Using the extended work scrutiny for moderation – it needn’t be a chore!

In this model, looking at literacy, the teachers select an individual from the middle of the lower group, the middle of the middle group and the middle of the upper group. A week is chosen when the children across the school are working on some form of narrative (it doesn’t work so well with poetry!). The teacher chooses two or three days from that week which show the children’s early attempt, feedback and then the impact of the feedback. This is then photocopied in colour to show feedback and saved. The APP (or similar) for that child is also photocopied
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Why does Ofsted like the extended work scrutiny (EWS)?

Well what is there not to like? It has all the evidence you need to prove that you are a learning school with a big focus on individual and collective responsibility. It can be a cornerstone of your school development plan, something which shows ‘you know where your school is at’. Recently a local school allocated an inset day to interrogating their extended work scrutiny evidence. They had archived material in literacy and numeracy from the past couple of years and decided to spend the day putting together a new version and then putting this alongside the previous versions, four
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Extended work scrutiny for schools – how to make it more about responsibility and less about accountability

Have you ever heard a work scrutiny referred to as a ‘work trawl’? Yes it is an important cornerstone of school improvement but boy does the word ‘trawl’ ever conjure up images of boredom, pain, and just general tedium. But it doesn’t have to be, especially if is used as a reflective tool for the whole staff to share in. We all want to know where we are don’t we, how our children are performing in relation to those in the parallel class, or the class below or above? Well if you photocopy and save work from a couple of
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