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Ofsted plans surprise visits

12 December 2013

For most, the word ‘surprise’ brings to mind positive connotations, particularly at this time of year with the Christmas period fast approaching. However, the latest announcement that there will be ‘surprise’ Ofsted visits to schools in parts of the country that are ‘rife with poor behaviour’ is unlikely to spread much cheer amongst the leadership teams of affected schools.

A range of guidance on tackling poor behaviour has been published by the DfE over the last few years to strengthen schools’ powers to discipline pupils. Furthermore, a recent survey found that 72% of school leaders are satisfied with these government measures.

Whilst Ofsted want to see schools act on poor behaviour, there must be recognition that this is inextricably linked to parental support and engagement (which can vary considerably from one area to the next). Focussing on schools’ efforts to get parents onside should be a key consideration for Ofsted inspectors when judging how well schools are addressing disruptive behaviour.

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