|Observations of your teaching|
|Categories of failing school|
|Inspecting your professional development|
|Inspecting your leadership and management|
Being inspected is something that all teachers dread, but really there's no need.You know you're a good teacher, don't you? Well it's nice to be told so - something that doesn't happen too much in schools. As teachers, we're not very good at using praise to reinforce the behaviour we want in colleagues. Many people, though they dread the run-up, actually enjoy being inspected because they get some objective feedback on their teaching, and recognition that they're doing a good job.
The inspection process
Knowing more about the inspection process will help allay fears - there's a lot of folklore about inspectors rooting through cupboards etc. that is completely untrue and only serves to wind people up.
There are two layers of inspection: the Ofsted one from which reports are published and given to parents and are publicly available, and the LEA ones, which are not quite so serious. Both tend to be based on the Ofsted inspection handbook (Ofsted 2003b). This is a public document and it contains all that that you need to know. The one in your school is exactly the same as the inspectors'.