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Ofsted Update - Reducing the stress and workload with Ofsted Inspections


Online Course 

26th November 2020

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9th December 2020

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This course will enable school leaders to manage and reduce the stress associated with school inspection, through excellent leadership practice, embedding school improvement into the annual quality cycle and taking account of best practice. The course will include the latest updates on Ofsted pilot visits while inspections are suspended allowing you the opportunity to examine each aspect of inspection in relation to your own school. In doing so, you will be able to learn how to improve all aspects of school leadership and ensure that the education your pupils receive is the best experience possible.

There will be a focus on curriculum, deep dives and pastoral care, sharing strategies on how to present your evidence in a succinct and accessible format.

You will learn how to integrate best practice models into every aspect of school leadership. You will have the opportunity to examine the suitability of your self-evaluation and action planning to communicate your school effectively to parents, staff and governors.


Senior leaders in primary, special and secondary schools


By the end of the session you will
  • Include specific practical examples, referenced to relevant guidance / legislation
  • The course will help you to use the framework to bring about school improvement by:
  • Understanding what Ofsted does not want you to do, enabling you to reduce stress and workload for yourself and your staff
  • Interpreting the inspection framework and handbook in order to embrace good practice and support you to bring about school improvement
  • Discuss and develop your curriculum and pastoral care plan and strategies
  • Prepare staff for the deep dive process and conversation
  • Ensuring that your self-evaluation is accurate
  • Understanding how strategic planning can be successful
  • Developing clear and measurable success criteria for improvement
  • Ensuring that all staff and governors are well prepared and understand what to expect during an inspection


Including learning delegates will take back
  • You will be taken through each aspect of the inspection framework in order to:
  • Consider each element of the framework in order to fully embrace best practice
  • Look closely at the evidence required to make each judgement, the criteria for making the judgements and best practice models
  • Consider how best to present your evidence clearly and succinctly
  • Work through the questions inspectors will ask middle leaders during the deep dive and to governors during their meeting with inspectors
  • Reflect on the current levels of effectiveness in your own school
  • Identify where practice is already working well, or might be improved and developed
  • Be given the opportunity to plan how your school will prepare the practicalities following the phone call and prepare pupils, staff and governors


Philippa Ollerhead has over 30 years experience in education, she has worked at senior leadership level since 1998. Philippa is an experienced Head of English and was Vice Principal of a large sixth form college in Greater Manchester, Head teacher of a pupil referral unit and Head teacher of a secondary alternative provision school. Philippa is formally trained every academic year in the rigorous of the common inspection framework in order to prepare primary and secondary schools for Ofsted visits.

Philippa is a training partner for the National Association of Head Teachers, delivering courses for Head teachers across the country, in subjects such as safeguarding, Ofsted preparation, financial vaibility and MAT structures.

Philippa heads up the School Management department in Judicium Education, her team delivers school improvement and governor body clerking across the country.

Philippa has safeguarding and Ofsted update training annually and has completed the National Clerking Development programme.

What people have said about this course

A succinct overview of the new framework delivered by a knowledgeable professional who was happy to answer questions. Content revised in line with new publications.

The course was fast paced, relevant and well communicated. The facilitator responded extremely well to questions and the specific circumstances of the delegates there.

The strategies I have gained will reduce workload but also ensure I have meaningful data for all professionals, parents and staff.