Ofsted Shadowing Programme
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This guidance has been withdrawn as NCTL no longer funds this programme. Please visit the Network for Black Professionals website for more information.
For black and Asian senior leaders: get insights into school performance and effectiveness to help you apply for promotion to headship.
Who can apply
You must be a black or Asian teacher from a primary or secondary school with:
- experience of middle or senior management
- qualified teacher status
- substantial experience of teaching
- knowledge of your school’s self-evaluation
- the ability to demonstrate how participation in the programme will benefit your leadership development
- support from your headteacher
You can apply for the programme at any time.
Please contact Karen Lewis at the Network for Black Professionals: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll shadow an Ofsted inspector at a different school. Each Inspection will take between 1 and 2 days. This will give you an understanding of the inspection process and an insight into school performance and effectiveness. After the inspection, you’ll continue to receive career development support over a 2 to 3 month period.
Before the inspections
You’ll attend a briefing day led by Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI). This will include workshops on:
- the skills required by inspectors
- the methods used during inspection
- the principles of inspection
You’ll then be partnered with a host HMI who’ll decide what activities you’ll do during the inspection. You’ll receive materials to analyse in preparation for this.
During the inspection
You’ll take part in activities such as:
- meetings with staff, students and other stakeholders
- looking at documentation
- observing a small number of lessons and team meetings
You and your host will discuss the inspection’s findings but you won’t contribute to the inspection conclusions.
After the inspection
You’ll be expected to reflect on what you’ve learned and discuss this with your host. You’ll continue to receive opportunities and materials to develop your career, including:
- support from a trained mentor
- a coaching and mentoring workshop
- a framework for capturing, reflecting upon and sharing your learning
- advice on how to use what you’ve learned to improve your school’s performance and to raise your own profile
- the chance to network face to face and online with black and Asian education professionals
- one-to-one talent management support
The programme is free of charge. Travelling and living expenses will be reimbursed. There is no provision for supply cover.