Top Tips on how to achieve an Outstanding report from Ofsted

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    'Plan ahead
    Careful planning for effective learning is key to success, ensuring that the needs and abilities of all pupils are catered for. The more teachers know about how their pupils learn, the better they will teach. Groups can then be tailor-made according to very specific requirements or needs, dependent on the delivery of a lesson. For example, it is especially useful to know who your auditory learners are and those who find processing auditory information difficult. This way a teacher can be mindful of pupils who will need extra help and intervention, planning in advance for this.
    Maintaining this sort of structure means everything will be ready if an inspection takes place at short notice. Teachers will feel confident about their knowledge of the learning profile of the whole class and be able to plan specifically for every learner.
    Encourage children to be resilient learners
    It is very important that pupils become resilient learners, confident in their ability to tackle new or challenging work. Knowing ‘what to do when you don’t know what to do’ is a vital part of the whole learning experience. Creating a classroom where pupils are naturally curious and want to ‘learn to learn’ helps greatly with skills of independence. When a pupil is able to see a graphical representation of how they learn it can be an incentive to ‘learn more about learning’ and participate in self improvement.
    The ability for children to take on new challenges is key criteria in the Ofsted report. Creating a productive ethos in the classroom, where realistic challenges are set, will help pupils to stay on task and be involved in their learning.'