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Inspection looming scottish teachers help

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strawberryblondebint Sat 31-Mar-18 07:46:21

Just found out our school is getting a short inspection after Easter.
I'm an NQT and a very nervous and lacking in confidence one.
I'm so worried about this. Can anyone reassure me or perhaps give me some tips.
I have the Easter holidays to work myself into a frenzy.

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LockedOutOfMN Sat 31-Mar-18 16:14:14

Not in Scotland.

I suggest you get your paperwork / data in order, and make sure you know the data on the students in your classes well. e.g. How many SEN, EAL, etc.

If you're not a HoD or other manager, it's unlikely they will ask you more than this that you need to prepare for.

You could also get a head start on making any physical resources you'll need as you can guarantee there will be a long and very stressed queue for the photocopier the week before the inspection.

strawberryblondebint Sat 31-Mar-18 21:17:13


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Wedontbelievewhatsontv Mon 02-Apr-18 20:11:12

It seems obvious but have a full set of lessons organised to cover Mon -Fri.(know a school where young staff did not prep Mon as thought HMI wouldn't be out in classes ). Really consider your LI and SC and rather than one off type lessons ensure they are on the continuum of what you would have planned. But ...saying that, do show a varied range of teaching methods e.g co op learning ... AifL strategies etc .
I think it's all about knowing your class and being confident enough to justify what you are doing and why..

strawberryblondebint Tue 03-Apr-18 09:12:05

These are all really helpful x

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Cismyfatarse1 Tue 03-Apr-18 09:16:25

One word of advice is make sure the pupils know their individual targets. Not just your subject but cross curricular like literacy (could just be talk) and numeracy.

Ask them. In front of inspectors. Make sure their own personal targets are clear so they know the success criteria but also what they are working on.

Ask them for feedback. And give feedback. Make it explicit.

CraftyGin Thu 05-Apr-18 16:31:03

If you are a regular Teacher, you have nothing to worry about.

Make sure you know your school’s safeguarding policy inside-out.

Then plan the best lessons you can.

Mistressiggi Thu 12-Apr-18 10:28:06

Ime they didn’t speak to me during observations but they did speak to the children, so make sure they know what the purpose of the lesson/unit is and something about what they need to do to improve - well that’s what I think anyway.

CraftyGin Thu 12-Apr-18 14:03:18

How are you feeling now, OP?

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