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Shared Observation with Ofsted


RedDragon
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I had to do this in January when we had our inspection, it was not as bad a I thought it would be. We both observed the activity taking place, after we choose what we was looking at. We then afterwards meet and she asked me how I thought the activity went, did it meet the outcomes set and how I thought I could help the practitioner improve the activity. I hope this helps x

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We observed two children chosen by the inspector, then the inspector sat with the keyperson to discuss next steps for those childrens learning and development, looking through their LJs too.

Wasn't half as daunting as we thought it might be. Good luck.:)

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Found peer observation helpful for this one so the staff observe each other and get use to watching other practitioners in the setting. this helped calm down nerves about being observed and made them more resourceful when talking to OFSTED after all they are supposed to be human aren't they????

:D ::1a :D ::1a ;)

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I really like the prompt sheet, thanks for sharing. I am a manager, work in the setting with children every morning and have ten key children. I am going to hold my hands up and say I am really struggling to find the time to fit these observations in. It's hard enough getting all my obs on my key children, let alone the staff!!!

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Me three! :1b

I thought I was doing well having fitted in a Staff meeting and Staff Supervisions within the first two weeks + all the usual 'stuff'.......but really must get these obs going again - I did start last year but didn't quite manage to 'keep it up' :blink:

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Well I will hold my hands up and say that I have never managed to do more then the odd one or two. We only have 5/6 staff per session, work in one room and I am invariably working with the staff most days. They are an excellent idea for those managers that are office based or if it is a large setting and/or operating from different rooms- but if I'm honest find them and staff supervisions mostly a waste of time.

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I use a tablet device at the moment to record the practitioner (usually only about 5 minutes long) and then take office time to write up the observation, ask the member of staff to watch herself back and read her strengths and what could have been done to improve then write any comments she may have and sign the observation for her record. Not sure this will work when Ofsted are there especially if it is 20-30 minutes long.

So, do I change they way I do it during inspection, writing quick notes instead of using the tablet? Also as a manager in ratio what do I do if any children need my attention whilst I'm trying to concentrate - would you stand up or sit down, ask the children to find another member of staff or risk engagement with the child (children come first!) and lose the observation?

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Also as a manager in ratio what do I do if any children need my attention whilst I'm trying to concentrate - would you stand up or sit down, ask the children to find another member of staff or risk engagement with the child (children come first!) and lose the observation?

Don't take this as the 'right' answer - but in that situation i would deal with the needs of the child :1b

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