Schools offered free service to help manage Ofsted inspections and improve results
Schools across England are being offered a high-tech solution to prepare for Ofsted inspections and improve results free of charge.
Bluewave Education is offering its award-winning Common Inspection Frame work module for free to schools, as leaders face increasing budgetary challenges in the coming year.
Managing director of Bluewave Education, Keith Wright, said: “Accurate assessment of a schools strengths and areas for development is an essential requirement for school improvement and school inspection.
“For more than a decade Bluewave Education has provided school leaders with the structure, guidance and mechanisms to enable rigorous self-evaluation and facilitate the school improvement process.
“With schools facing another year of financial uncertainty, our contribution to the sector is to remove some of the cost burden and to help them move on from the use of outdated systems based around paper and basic Word documents.
“Our experience is that where schools make this transition, they rarely go back.”
Bluewave SWIFT was developed by a group of education leaders who wanted to find a practical, modern day solution to managing school improvement and dealing more effectively with the processes involved.
SWIFT allows schools to:
- Create a clear and structured whole school self-evaluation
- Identify and put in place key school improvement priorities - with direct links to school improvement plans*
- Automatically feed Ofsted SEF/Common Inspection Framework evidence into other reports e.g. Safeguarding, Behaviour, Pupil Premium, Governance*
- Include any or all of your staff can contribute to whole-school self-evaluation
- Create departmental SEF’s/Common Inspection Frameworks
Ofsted facility for academy chains
In addition to offering their SEF for free to all schools, Bluewave Education is also offering a facility for academy chains, federations and Multi-Academy Trusts, whereby a Common Inspection Framework can be distributed to their family of schools and the responses can be aggregated for analysis and reporting.
Mr Wright said: “This supports so many positive approaches to school-led improvement and it leads to far greater awareness and collaboration around strategic planning.
“The only cost is a one-off set up fee determined by the number of schools in the family.
“Whether we like it or not, schools have to act more like businesses every day. We help schools to think like a school and where necessary, work like a business.
“This is recognised in our BETT award for supporting institutional leadership and management but most importantly in the feedback we get from the schools we work with”.
For more help in preparing for Ofsted, see bluewavemosaic.com