A package of support already exists for Attain schools to enable them to prepare for the new Ofsted inspection framework.
Through Merton School Improvement there has been:
- a briefing for headteachers and senior leaders when the draft framework was published;
- input from senior HMI to headteacher meetings in the spring term; and
- ongoing email updates which have been shared.
Since publication of the final framework, a series of briefings/workshops have been planned to look at each sub-judgement; support for middle leaders in primary schools is being planned with the MSTA with materials also being finalised by MSI to support foundation subject leaders; a session on preparing for Section 8 inspections is planned for headteacher meetings in November which will include a focus on ‘deep dives’; a briefing has been delivered to Chairs of Governors along with further training to be delivered in the next couple of weeks; and SEF paperwork has been created.
Finally, the MEP programme will support individual schools: all schools will experience a ‘deep dive’ in a visit this term and dependent on each school’s categorisation and level of support, further support will be provided at the appropriate level (e.g. for governors, senior leaders, middle leaders).
We should like to understand what further support schools might want in addition to this that could benefit from Attain funding. Proposals, of course, would need to receive approval of the Attain Board.