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Outstanding School Inspection

Mike Raleigh

The study analyses the work of outstanding inspectors employed by CfBT Education Trust (now named Education Development Trust) in the inspection of maintained schools under contract to Ofsted.

The study analyses the work of outstanding inspectors employed by Education Development Trust (then known as CfBT Education Trust) in the inspection of maintained schools under contract to Ofsted. It was commissioned by CfBT Inspection Services and carried out by an independent consultant. The purpose of the study was to highlight the characteristics of outstanding inspection practice and advise how to increase the spread of such practice.

 

Outstanding inspection practice is common in CfBT’s inspections. The 30 selected inspectors who were the focus of the study demonstrate it regularly in a range of inspection contexts. These inspectors generally specialise in one phase, although some work very effectively in more than one. They have substantial experience of inspection with CfBT and most carry out a significant number of inspections each year. Based on these identified outstanding features, recommendations have been made about how to reduce inconsistency and improve inspection practice.