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How To Become A School Inspector

Inspectors in England belong to a body known as OFSTED (The Office For Standards and Skills in Education), and all schools are routinely inspected in order to make sure they are providing a good standard of education to children and to recommend areas in which schools should aim to improve.

Most people who become school inspectors have been head teachers, deputy head teachers or head of department. They will be recruited by and undergo training from local organisations known as RISPs (Regional Inspection Service Providers) who work with Ofsted in order to deliver school inspections. All school inspectors are trained in order to become HMis or Her Majestys inspectors, and are directly employed by OFSTED.

For each school inspection a team of qualified inspectors are brought together, ranging in number from 2 to 12, and they must be able to cover all the areas of the curriculum, and also such areas as special educational needs. The inspection may take place over a few days to a few weeks, depending on the nature and size of the school. The team will be led by an experienced inspector who has been certified as being capable of making sure that the inspection is carried out to the exact standards required. Some of the things inspectors must observe are;

  • Lessons they will sit in and observe teachers whilst they are conducting lessons
  • Parents, governors, pupils and parents they will speak to all these groups in an attempt to get an overall impression of the school
  • Looking at examples of pupils work
  • Parent teacher organisations
  • The schools links with the outside community

At the end of the inspection they are required to compile a detailed report in which they will note down any areas in which they feel the school could improve. Hundreds of inspections are carried out each month and they are publicly available and are a valuable source of information for parents when choosing a school for their children.

Working for Ofsted carries with it a wide range of benefits including family friendly policies, flexible working, good rates of pay, pension and health club membership. There are also a range of work opportunities which are home-based.

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