Prepping your team well is a key ingredient to a successful Ofsted. Here are Chris Dyson’s Subject-Leader questions. (Download link at the bottom)
Maths and Literacy
Questions all Subject Leaders should be able to answer?
- What are the standards of your subject from July 2017?
- You will need the key info from Raise and cross reference with H/T and SEF to ensure ‘all singing from the same hymn sheet’. NOVEMBER
- Can you make a judgement on these outcomes e.g. ‘attainment’ is RI (below National ) ‘progress’ is Good (Be able to support these 2 answers with evidence)
- What are standards (attainment) currently? (if over half way through the year….. ARE % ….GLD estimate…. Y1 Phonics est….. Y6 and Y2 predictions) ALTHOUGH OFSTED DON’T WANT PREDICTIONS – its good to be forearmed
- What was the progress judged to be last July/currently? (evidence based)
- What is in place to ‘boost’.
- What are the main strengths?(all of your responses no matter how dire should be littered with HOWEVERS i.e. strengths/positives/green shoots etc)
- What are currently the main areas of concern in your subject? Which YG … may be BvG or PP v Non (Evidence of some triangulation analysis i.e. data/books/planning)
- What are you doing about it and have you edited your action plan? (Not War and Peace, simple/manageable/doable)
- What impact is your action plan having on provision/standards/progress?
( Are you using the same system as the H/T annotates the SIP?)
- What are you currently monitoring in your subject and what does that entail? (E.g. make sure it’s not scatter gun approach but very focused, and a s a result of book trawl/ triangulation/ ch interview)
- What about next steps/long term plans(ensure you know the direction of travel of national picture/school and more importantly pupils’ needs… ie 2 years to be hitting 85% ARE – spelling and HW focus to raise eXceeding)
Try brain storming these answers succinctly on an A3 sheet then check the facts where applicable. Now formalise each one of your punchy short answers on A4, rehearse it, and practice the script with SLT. Update when needed.
Recent OFSTED Q (May 2016) asked to Maths Co ordinator
- How long have you been in the post?
2. What year group do you teach in? (being in Y1 or Y6 isn’t an excuse for not knowing about maths in the rest of the school)
3. How do you rate maths in school? (Be positive – don’t dither – give a definitive answer – plump for ‘good’)
3. Where is the weakest maths teaching in school? (Ofsted spent an awful lot of time on this!… how do you know… what support have you given…. What would you do next? HT – capabilities if no change after support)
– why was it weak?
– how do you know it was weakest?
– what have you done to improve teaching? (You may want to use lots of evidence for this – so try have a paper trail ready on monitoring you have done… she didn’t want to look at data or books)
– how do we know maths had improved in this area? (ARE increasing….. gap BvG closing…)