Getting ready for a history subject review: knowing what OFSTED inspectors are looking for and the criteria they are using   It is essential that you keep up-to-date with current OFSTED thinking against which your department will be judged.

There are 2 ways of doing this.

  • You must know the current Framework for Inspection and the History subject-specific guidance available on the OFSTED website
  • Look at the examples of best practice that feature of the OFSTED website. It is never easy for busy subject leaders to know when these appear and to find time to digest them. You can access and the full report from the OFSTED website.

To a large extent the issues at key Stage 4 are very similar to those at KS3, so if you have read that section first, then expect considerable overlap.  Sections of the self evaluation material for the virtual school Sidbury High, for example, are identical.  You are expected to make specific judgments about the relative strengths at KS3 and 4, but not to write them on separate documents.  The main difference you will notice will be the greater attention to benchmarked data when arriving at judgements about achievement and progress.  You would

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