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What do Ofsted want to see from professional development?

28 Nov 2019

The ‘O-Word’

Ofsted is usually a word that sends a shiver down every teacher’s spine - you’ve been busy all day, dealing with behaviour issues, data, staff meetings, great kids, not so great kids, and then the announcement goes out. Your school has had THE call. “It’s Ofsted”. The school goes into lockdown.

My stress around Ofsted inspections was all because of the judgement; it reminded me of job interviews and exams. I felt as if the eyes were on me and there was nowhere to hide, and I felt like I had no idea what Ofsted wanted to see.

In the 2019 framework, Ofsted have been quite clear in what they are looking for in schools, so it seems that second-guessing what inspectors are looking for is a thing of the past. There is a real focus on providing a broad, quality curriculum for students, and quality teaching is at the heart of what OneStep CPD is trying to achieve.

What’s in the 2019 Ofsted framework?

The new Ofsted inspection framework is now judging a school in 4 areas:

  1. Quality of education, which is split into three areas: intent (what you are doing and why), implementation (how you do it), and impact (what is the result of what you are doing)
  2. Behaviour and attitudes - how much are the pupils learning and do they behave positively?
  3. Personal development - this covers pupils’ emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. RE, citizenship, British Values, PE, careers provision, etc.
  4. Leadership and Management - how effective are SLT in communicating the vision and values of a school. They will also look at the policies in a school (behaviour, marking, etc), why those policies were chosen, and look at if they are being carried out in a school.

What is the implication of this on CPD?

CPD is improving teaching and learning, upskilling teachers so they have a fantastic arsenal of strategies to use in their practice, and helping teachers deliver content as effectively as possible. Good CPD can help overcome behavioural obstacles, pupils not being enthusiastic or engaged, helping pupils make links between lesson and topics, recalling facts, and a whole range of other issues.

The bottom line is, that if teachers receive high-quality CPD, teachers do their jobs better, so pupils learn more and achieve more, and wellbeing is improved. The Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching Alison Peacock has previously said that good CPD can help improve teacher retention.


How does the new Ofsted framework directly affect CPD provision?

What do Ofsted want?

What does this mean for CPD?

Looking for a “broad and balanced” curriculum + quality of education

Ofsted wants to see teachers teaching better. Good results will come out of good teaching.

Professional development needs to be owned by teachers

CPD needs to be bespoke and chosen by teachers

What are you doing in your school? (Intent, Implementation, Impact)

This also applies to professional development - what are staff doing, how are they doing it, and what’s the impact?

Evidence-informed teaching

No “we’ve always done it this way”. Why do we do it? Why do we do anything?


How does OneStep CPD satisfy the new Ofsted framework?

What do Ofsted want?

Features of OneStep

Looking for a “broad and balanced” curriculum + quality of education

Our process focuses on upskilling teachers in how they teach, based on academic and tried and tested methods from educators, such as Doug Lemov and Sue Cowley.

Professional development needs to be owned by teachers

OneStep provides ownership and choice - you can choose from any of our strategies depending on what your development is.

What are you doing in your school? (Intent, Implementation, Impact)

We do provide SLT with the opportunity to highlight categories that are priorities in their school.

However, we do still expect leaders to allow teachers to choose other strategies if they have personal development outside of school priorities.

Evidence-informed teaching

This is the fundamental, bottom line of OneStep CPD: proving what works and what doesn’t work for you and your pupils.

Our case studies measure the impact of the strategy on your class, so you can demonstrate how you fulfil evidence-informed teaching.


If your CPD is not fulfilling the new Ofsted framework, do something different. Why not see how OneStep CPD could help your school develop teaching and learning? Sign up today to test one of our free strategies for yourself or email info@onestepcpd.com and we’ll set your school up with a free trial.


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