Why does Ofsted like the extended work scrutiny (EWS)?

Tim Sully Extended Work Scrutiny 2

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 in all. The whole staff, teaching assistants, volunteers and teachers, ‘walked the journey’ so they could see how their expectations had gone up just over the two years. And with their higher expectations came higher outcomes!

The head then wrote this up briefly on his blog on the school website to share with the wider school community what the teachers were doing whilst the school was closed for the day. Sure enough when Ofsted came to call, they first checked out the website and there were the staff interrogating their own journey and checking what had gone well and setting ‘even better if’s’. The lead inspector commented on this. The school obviously knew where they were in terms of teaching and learning.

It isn’t difficult to do and it is hugely gratifying to share with all the staff improvement over time and to think about ‘where next’?

See Tim Sully’s book Conducting A Work Scrutiny here

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