Don't prepare written case studies
Ofsted doesn't collect written pupil case studies as evidence. Instead, inspectors will gather first-hand evidence during an inspection by talking to and observing pupils. Ofsted told us this.
Familiarise yourself with what these observations will involve and which groups of pupils inspectors are likely to focus on, so you can prepare your staff.
Inspectors will collect first-hand evidence
As part of their evaluation, inspectors will:
- Have formal and informal conversations with a wide range of pupils and in a range of situations, including outside of lessons
- Ask pupils about their experiences of teaching, learning and behaviour in the school
- Consider evidence from pupils alongside other evidence they collect
This is set out in paragraphs 248 to 250 of the School Inspection Handbook (2023).
Understand what pupils have learnt and how their teachers help them to learn new curriculum content (248) Talk to and observe pupils (249): At the start and finish of the school day During lunchtime,