Inspection day doesn’t have to be daunting so long as you are fully aware, up-to-date and well prepared!
The Independent School Inspections Certificate has been designed to ensure you are always inspection ready!
The fully online comprehensive 8-module course and will guide you through the inspection and regulatory framework, the standards, and the inspection process – helping you to understand what inspectors are looking for and how to meet, and exceed, expectations.
It will enable you to demonstrate compliance, best practice policy, implementation and impact and drive the best outcomes possible for your students and your school.
With increasing competition in the sector make sure you are receiving the highest rating possible and attracting and retaining your student base.
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Learning objectives and how does it work?
Why this course?
- Get up to date on the inspection and regulatory framework – incl. key changes, your statutory responsibilities, and an overview of the current inspection process
- Understand what inspectors are looking for and how to demonstrate compliance
- Make sure you are prepared for inspection day and beyond
- Explore best practice policies, models and procedures
- Interpret the key requirements for your setting – understand and meet the standards
- Drive the best outcomes for your school and meet the needs of all your students
- Learn at your own pace and in your own time with our specialist, flexible online learning platform
How does it work?
The fully online course is delivered via our specialist learning platform – each module will consist of training videos, written materials, downloadable templates, examples and tools, and a test at the end to check your learning.
Designed for flexible learning it means you can work at your own pace and in your own time, and with a year’s access you can keep going back to refresh your knowledge.
- Module 1:
The inspection and regulatory framework
- Key statutory requirements
- Latest regulatory changes
- The Independent School Standards – DfE guidance
- Inspection principles and the use of evidence
- An overview: the different types of inspection
- EYFS Regulations
- Boarding standards
- Module 2:
Quality of education – policy, implementation and compliance
- John Medlicott
- Interpreting the requirements for your setting
- Key curriculum design principles
- Demonstrating broad subject expertise
- Developing refined and engaging lesson plans and schemes of work
- Teaching and learning – overseeing excellent delivery
- Framework for pupil performance – progress and assessment
- Meeting the needs of all pupils
- Module 3
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils (SMSC)
- Understanding and meeting the standard
- Embedding into day to day operations
- Making the approach appropriate: age, ability and SEN
- Actively promoting British values
- Putting the new RSE guidance into practice
- The role of extra-curricular activities
- Relevance of other standards to SMSC
- Module 4:
Welfare, health and safety of pupils: actively promoting wellbeing
- What are your responsibilities and duty of care?
- Demonstrating an understanding of the requirements in your policies
- Putting policy into practice and learning from experiences
- Safeguarding guidance and best practice arrangements
- Preventing bullying and online harms
- The provision of mental health support
- Boarding: what additional policies and measures need to be in place?
- Module 5:
Leadership and management
- John Medlicott
- Demonstrating an ambitious vision and achieving desired outcomes
- Meeting the independent school standards consistently
- Engaging with learners and the community
- Managing staff practice, teaching and workload
- Promoting staff CPD and other development opportunities
- Staff wellbeing and mental health: best practice strategies and frameworks
- The Provision of information standard
- Module 6:
Preparing for inspection day
- John Medlicott
- The inspection schedule
- Demonstrating compliance
- Preparing pre-inspection documentation
- Who will inspectors want to see on the day?
- How will they make their judgements?
- Looking at previous inspection reports
- Preparing staff, governors and pupils for inspection day
- Parental and pupil feedback in advance of the inspection
- Module 7:
Inspection day and beyond
- Guidelines for inspection day
- Meeting with inspectors and leading the day
- Lesson and pupil observation
- Tips for addressing issues during the inspection
- Post-inspection evaluation
- What will the report cover?
- Understanding and responding to your draft report
- Next steps and building into school development plan
- Module 8:
Self-evaluation and sustainable improvement
- School self-evaluation
- Department/ subject self-evaluation
- Data analysis, progress tracking and goal setting
- Benchmarking: local and national
- Addressing your inspection recommendations
- Taking a whole-school approach to improvement
- Implementing change
- Sustaining change