School Inspection Framework Specialist Certificate

Our unique online course is designed to support you with every step of the requirements for school inspections.

School Inspection Framework Specialist Certificate

Our unique online course is designed to support you with every step of the requirements for school inspections.
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£ 279.99

Supporting you to inspection day and beyond!

The 2019 Ofsted inspection framework introduced 4 new judgements, a focus on ‘substance of education’, and an emphasis on more involvement for classroom teachers, among other things.

Schools may be left unsure how the new inspection framework translates into inspection day: but this doesn’t have to be so daunting once you have completed the School Inspection Framework Specialist Certificate. Our unique online course is designed to support you with every step of the requirements for school inspections.

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How it works
SIGN UP: Sign up to get the access to all unique resources, lessons and tools that will help develop your role
10+ HOURS OF CONTENT: Each module contains videos, worksheets, checklists and step by step guides
11 FULL MODULES: All of our expert led videos can be accessed separately so that you can come back to individual topics anytime you need

The modules

Module 1
The new regulatory framework
Changes to Common Inspection Framework (CIF to EIF)
School accountability
4 key areas of inspection (‘outcomes’ for pupils removed)
Overall effectiveness
Focus on the curriculum and the quality of education
Ofsted risk assessments
Inspection frequency and notice period
Schools causing concern
Ofsted mythbusters
Module 2
Quality of education
A leading judgment
Inspecting the curriculum
Measuring outcomes
Curriculum inclusion
Module 3:
Behaviour and attitudes
Attitude to learning
Grade descriptors for behaviour and attitudes
Training presentations for staff
Module 4:
Personal development
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
Fundamental British values
Careers guidance
Health living
Equality and diversity
Preparation for next stage
Grade descriptors for personal development
Training presentations for staff
Module 5
Leadership and management
Vision and mission statement
Teacher CPD
Teacher retention
Teacher workload
Attendance, exclusion and off-rolling
Grade descriptors for Leadership and Management
Module 6
Curriculum depth and balance
What is the curriculum?
Broad and balanced Identifying the end-points
Identifying starting points
Planned and sequenced
Ambitious curriculum
Module 7
Education Inspection Framework in different contexts
Evaluating early years provision
Grade descriptors for early years
Evaluating sixth form provision
Grade descriptors for sixth form
Evaluating junior, middle and studio schools
Evaluating special schools, PRUs and alternative provision
Evaluating non-association independent schools
Module 8
Self-evaluation and school improvement planning
Self-evaluating your school to drive improvement
Using Ofsted inspection criteria
Demonstrating effectiveness to Ofsted
Rewriting your self-evaluation statement (SES)
Worked example SES
Developing an agenda for improvement
Linking CPD to school improvement
Allocating resources for improvement
Getting to outstanding
Worked example improvement plan
Module 9
Preparing for inspection
Previous inspection report
Conduct of inspectors
Preparing staff for inspection
Preparing governors for inspection
What evidence inspectors will require
Parent View
Pupil Premium Funding
Displaying information on the school website
Notice of inspection
Request for deferral of inspectio
Module 10
Inspection day and beyond
Meeting with school leader
Meeting with governors
Lesson observation
Pupil observation
Work scrutiny
Post-inspection evaluation
Concerns and complaints
Draft inspection report and factual accuracy
Module 11
Safeguarding and inspection
Background and key documents
Keeping children safe in education
Ofsted framework 2019 V
Changes to the Ofsted framework from 2019
What else have Ofsted said?
Staff well-being
Module 12
Ofsted updates for 2021/2
Video 1: The Ofsted Annual Report: What can we learn? (part one)
Video 2: The Ofsted Annual Report: What can we learn? (part two)
Video 3: Changes to the inspection handbook for 2021/22
Video 4: Changes to the inspection of the pupil premium part 1
Video 5: Changes to the inspection of the pupil premium part 2
Module 13
SEN and Inspection
Data uses and sources
Ofsted overview
Tips on developing an effective action plan
School Information Report and SEN Policy – overview
Module 14:
Attendance and Inspection
Ofsted and attendance
Notification and preparation
Behaviour and attitudes
Leadership and management
AP PRUs Early Years Sixth Forms

Course content

Learning modules

Online learning modules
Online learning modules

Training videos
Training videos

Self-assessment tests
Self-assessment tests

Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Completion


Sue Cowley
Author, Presenter and Trainer
Sue Cowley is a writer, presenter, teacher educator and author of 30 books on education. After qualifying as an early years teacher with a first class BEd (Hons), she taught into primary and secondary schools and overseas. Sue’s international bestseller Getting the Buggers to Behave has been translated into ten languages and is a set text at many universities. Her best selling guide for NQTs How to Survive your First Year in Teaching has been in print for 20 years. Sue has written articles and columns for numerous education publications, including the TES, Teach Primary, Early Years Educator and Nursery World. She was a regular presenter on Teachers TV and has featured in numerous education videos. She now works internationally as a teacher trainer and presenter. Sue has been part of the management team at her local preschool for the last ten years, and over that time has helped the setting move from a ‘Satisfactory’ Ofsted grading to an ‘Outstanding’ one. Her latest books are The Ultimate Guide to Differentiation and The Ultimate Guide to Mark Making in the Early Years published by Bloomsbury.
Joanne Sierzega
Central School Attendance and Welfare Service
In October 2015 after almost 16 years of working for and in turn managing a Local Authority Education Welfare I with two partners established CSAWS (Central School Attendance and Welfare Service ltd.) CSAWS is a team of proactive, passionate and committed Education Welfare Officers. We are committed to achieving better outcomes for children by securing regular attendance at school. We understand that the reasons behind non-school attendance can be varied and complex. We offer both strategic and casework interventions. We provide support to schools and settings to identify and improve school attendance including reviewing, refining and advising on school approaches and processes. We develop clear action plans for and with schools through thorough data analysis and attendance reviews.
Samantha Garner
Consultant & Trainer
Samantha Garner is a well-established consultant and trainer in the world of SEN, Access Arrangements and Mental Health. Originally a music teacher, she has worked in the SEN arena for over 15 years and spent time in a large secondary school where she set up a specialist behaviour unit. After this time she qualified as a CBT therapist and child and adolescent counsellor. Sam has trained and consulted in the whole spectrum of educational establishments from PRUs to very prestigious private schools. She is a published author of several mental health support programmes and regularly writes for SEN magazines.
Matt Bromley
Education Advisor, Bromley Education
Matt Bromley is an education writer and advisor with over twenty years’ experience in teaching and leadership including as a secondary school headteacher and principal, FE college vice principal, and MAT director. He also works as a public speaker, trainer, and school improvement lead, and is a primary school governor. Matt writes for various newspapers and magazines, sits on SecEd’s editorial board and co-hosts their podcast. He is the author of numerous best-selling books for teachers and his education blog has been voted one of the UK’s most influential. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences and events, and provides education advice to charities, government agencies, training providers, colleges and multi-academy trusts. He works as a consultant and trainer with several companies and also provides a wide selection of direct-to-market consultancy and training services through his own company, Bromley Education, which he founded in 2012. Matt has worked at senior levels in the public and private sectors and, prior to teaching, was a senior manager in the telecoms industry. He began his working life in newspaper journalism. He has an Honours degree in English Language and Literature, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and the National Professional Qualification for Headship, as well as several professional qualifications.
John Viner
Education writer, adviser and inspector
John Viner has taught in both primary and secondary schools, with a long history of successful primary school leadership. He is now a full-time writer, inspector and adviser.
David Birch
Educational Consultant
David is a former secondary headteacher and now a school improvement adviser and consultant. Until recently he was an associate director of the National Education Trust and much of his recent work with them has focused on the impact of the Pupil Premium on improving outcomes for disadvantaged students. He was a school improvement partner in the south-west and continues to provide regular support to several schools, carrying out curriculum and leadership reviews, coaching and mentoring, and supporting Governors in the appointment of new Headteachers. He contributes regularly to conferences and training events and writes for ‘School Inspection and Improvement’ magazine. He leads CPD and works with schools on whole school literacy and English; he is a senior A Level English Literature examiner and approved subject expert for Ofqual for whom he has worked on examination accreditation and standards over time. Email: Twitter: @birch_david

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School Inspection Framework Specialist Certificate
Everything you need to know about the Education Inspection Framework without leaving the classroom
Become the expert when it comes to the new inspection framework
Access to tools to help you make your job easier

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