A long evening...!
We had the phone call from Ofsted on a Monday so after the children had gone home we grabbed a cuppa and settled ourselves! We spent an hour or so in the classroom. We did our own learning walk around our provision for 2 reasons:
After checking our environment we then sat and looked over our plans. We knew that we were NOT going to change our activities for Ofsted - we wanted them to see how we run day-to-day. Plus, our children would have grassed us up to the inspectors anyway! We tightened up on ensuring that the adults knew what their role was going to be during each session/part of the day and we ensured that all staff had copies of the planning. We also reminded ourselves of our plan to cover for a member of staff if they were required to spend 1:1 time with a particular child - something that had happened because of on-going behaviour.
Our next step was to sit and look over our 'Ofsted File'. Since our last Ofsted inspection we had been collecting all of the information that we would need for another inspection. This including data (previous cohort data, starting points, trends, comparisons to county level and national data) pupil progress meeting notes, our EYFS action plan, copies of planning, records of observations both in school and from other schools, training we've undertaken, etc. We made sure everything was in order and we knew where everything was. We then spent a long time making sure that our current data was ready. We updated our computer records to ensure that our most recent observations were recorded. We also 'interrogated' the data so that we were clear on progress across different groups and identified any gaps and made plans to tackle these. We knew our data well already as we use it every week to inform our planning but this was a tightening up and evidence finding exercise.
Luckily for us we work with a fab team and we arrived in the staffroom to find 4 steaming hot pizzas! Our fab (secret!) third member of Ace Early Years, Ruth, had popped back to school (because she doesn't work on a Monday) to keep everyone going!
To be continued...!