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The first six hours: being prepared

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No matter how much it is expected, the telephone call announcing an impending inspection can make even the best-managed school anxious. The first six hours covers the time beginning with the call from the lead inspector announcing the impending visit to the close of the regional office on that day.


The course provides a step-by-step approach to assure you that you are as prepared as one can be for the arrival of the inspection team. As well as providing guidance and a timetable for senior leaders, the course will offer practical tips for real preparation to ensure both the school and the inspection team have all the evidence needed. These tips and helpful hints are based on experience of inspecting schools, academies and colleges.


Who should attend?


All schools, irrespective of phase, who receive an inspection, particularly those expecting a visit in the coming academic year, should attend this course aimed at headteachers and their most senior staff.



Why attend?



Being well prepared for the inspection is a confidence booster to the school, and if done well, it indicates good management skills to the inspection team.


What will it cover?


The course will be in six parts. Each part will cover “an hour” of the day and will cover the most essential questions.



  • How do we maximise the preparation time after the telephone call from the lead inspector?
  • Who do we need to inform and in what order do we go about this?
  • What essential documentation do we need to prepare and send or have ready to smooth the pathway to a meaningful inspection?
  • What other equally important and relevant documents need to be in the inspection base for the first morning?
  • What internal planning is needed to ensure the appropriate in-house people are at appropriate meetings with inspectors?
  • What additional evidence might be needed that has not been requested by the lead inspector?
  • What are we most anxious about, and what can we do to be sufficiently satisfied that we can answer awkward questions on these areas?


Guidance will be supplied for colleagues to take away to help in the inspection preparation process.





One day.



In-school, cluster and federation training is also available for this course and can be tailored to your needs. Please call us on +44 (0)1223 463757 for more details.




To find out more or to book a place


For more information or to book a place please call us on +44 (0) 1223 463757 or email us at


  • A passionate delivery firmly grounded in experience.
    James, Dawson, Winsor Primary School
  • The course was so useful, I feel as if I will be much more prepared now.
    Lorraine Puttick, Christ Church School
  • Forewarned is forearmed. The best value for money course I have attended.
    Sian Acreman, Blue Gate Field Junior School
  • Good information well delivered and plenty of reference to real life situations.
    Richard Evans, Cheviton Primary School
  • Very clear and concise information, lots of practical ideas and confirmation of our current practice.
    Liz Holt, Bentinick Primary School
  • Flexible, meeting the needs of the learner. An excellent overview of the Ofsted process.
    Lee Brooks, Little Stanion Primary School
  • (The trainer) spoke with a real passion, enthusiasm and above all expertise for his subject.
    Rob Cook, Orchard Primary School
  • Stories and anecdotes were very inspiring. Very informative and helpful, very good.
    Jane Campbell, St Mary Magdelene CE Primary
  • Practical help which I can implement easily. Go back and plan for an Ofsted visit, discuss strategies with SLT, review policies, websites and lesson plans.
    Clare Higg, St Thomas More Catholic High school
  • Excellent trainer with a vast amount of experience and knowledge.
    Jon Lunn, Teignmouth Community School
  • A good insight into the thinking and reasoning of an Ofsted inspector. Friendly and honest.
    Richard Dax, Headteacher, Comber Grove Primary School
  • An engaging and experienced trainer. Clear and helpful hints and tips, very good ideas on how to approach the next inspection.
    Mary Gilronan, Headteacher, Ottery St Mary Primary School
  • Good pace and huge content delivered effectively. Logical progression of notes and not too much on slides. The course told me exactly what I wanted to know and more. Logical, to the point, informative and useful.
    Mandy Wilding, Assistant Headteacher, Finham Primary School
  • A style that really engaged the group and kept us interested all day. I feel a lot more knowledgeable about what I need to do before and during the event.
    Tim Jeffs, Head of School, Djanogly Strelly Academy
  • Thank you for the information and for your time this week. We all found it challenging but incredibly profound and thought provoking. The governors, who attended, found the session really brilliant and have sprung into action pushing for further training next month. I now look forward to the next time we have an Ofsted visitor in school!
    Christopher Pollitt, Brooke School
  • The trainer is inspirational! He wasn't phased by any questions or thoughts.
    Roy Coleman, Headteacher, Nightingale Primary School
  • The quality and the style of the presentation were of a high standard. I would recommend this course, especially to headteachers and deputy headteachers.
    Marta Cabero, Assistant Headteacher, Portway Primary School
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