So Ofsted are on their way and the internet just won’t seem to work. A quick restart of the computer isn’t doing anything and your heart starts to sink. Any minute now they will walk through the door and all your browser keeps doing is…
Just how big a problem would this situation be for your setting? A few short years ago many people wouldn’t even have noticed these issues on a hectic day like an inspection, let alone worried about this occurence. But the introduction of many more web based observation and planning options has meant that many more people will be affected.
Unfortunately, our internet went down last week, leaving us without email – other than sitting around the office tearing our hair out we thought about what we could do if were being inspected at the time. What would you do if you lost your internet connection during an Ofted inspection? Panic probably, at least that is the first thing that comes to mind! Well, don’t – here are our tips to keep you going through an internet outage:
- Stay calm – Ofsted inspectors can be asked to wait while you restart your computer or router. Even if this doesn’t work, it gives everyone a bit of time to prepare more detailed responses!
- Use your time wisely when preparing – Ofsted give you notice now – you should be using this time to print reports and get ready – if the internet is down the day before then you might be making a trip to the local library! Ofsted will tell you if they are interested in any policies and procedures so print those too.
- Know your children of interest – Ofsted will always ask about children in particular groups (EYPP, SEN etc.), depending on how many children you have you can work out who these children are. Make sure that the information about these children is available in advance!
- Keep your planning – Planning is normally on paper so it is readily available in the room, keep copies of this as it demonstrates what you do to support the children. Even without a learning journal this is a fantastic resource for showing development.
- Know your children! – No software ever replaces your staff knowing their key children. Practitioners can often talk through the development and progress of a child – let them do this in front of the inspector (it might be worth practicing this in advance!)
About the author: Matt Stanford