Course Cost:

Non Members: £195 (excluding VAT)

Members: £175.50 (excluding VAT)

Course Length: 1 Day

Venue address:
PBM Inspection Services, Heath House Training and Conference Centre, Cheadle Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 7BY

Course Date

01 January 2020

Course Time

09:30 to 15:30

01 January 2020    


Getting to grips with the current inspection framework

A guide to understanding and managing the process before, during and after inspection; a leaders toolkit

*The cost of this course includes a CD toolkit containing the workbook and the word version of any templates shown for you to take away and use in school.*

The course is designed to provide information on the arrangements for inspection and the implications for those preparing for, and managing the inspection process. It provides practical information about the conduct of inspections and what to expect before, during, and after an inspection. The course includes an opportunity to review and consider important indicators of good practice in leadership and management, school improvement, school self-evaluation, and monitoring, in order to prepare key members of staff for inspection.

The purpose of the training is to provide:

  • an understanding of the inspection arrangements including the evaluation schedule, grade descriptors, and implications for managing the process of inspection
  • practical information about the conduct of inspections, what to expect before, during, and after an inspection
  • an opportunity to review and consider important indicators of good practice in leadership and management, school improvement, school self-evaluation, and monitoring so that key members of staff are ready for inspection.

Aimed at

This one day skill based course is aimed at headteachers, senior leaders, and subject coordinators in primary and secondary schools.

In-School Training Information

In-School Training

This course is available as in-school training. If you would like to find out more about in-school training please go to the in-school training section   CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT IN SCHOOL TRAINING
  or call us on 01889 567 014

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

The Main Changes
  • PowerPoint notes
Planning and preparing before the inspection
  • PowerPoint notes
  • How schools will be inspected
  • PowerPoint notes
  • The logic of inspection
  • Who is being inspected under the common inspection framework
  • Judgement profile

Session 2

Before the inspection
  • PowerPoint notes
  • Group discussion
  • Case study: the previous grades
  • Case study the previous key findings
  • Case study: the previous issues for improvement
  • Using checklists to promote effective preparation
  • Collating and communicating the evidence
  • The SEF
During the inspection
  • PowerPoint notes
  • Group discussion
  • During the inspection: key considerations
  • Monitoring the inspection
  • Group discussion

Session 3

Overall effectiveness
  • PowerPoint notes
  • Group discussion
Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • PowerPoint notes
  • Group discussion
  • The role of leaders
Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • PowerPoint notes
  • Group discussion

Session 4

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • PowerPoint notes
  • Group discussion
  • Looking at lessons
  • Looking at work
Outcomes for pupils
  • PowerPoint notes
  • Group discussion
  • Progress over time

Tutor information and course feedback


Bruce McAlpine has managed the Company for 18 years. He writes and develops training materials and tutors many of the courses. He is an experienced lead inspector and was an additional inspector. Before becoming an inspector, he taught in infant, primary and middle schools and was a headteacher for seventeen years. His specialist areas include English, mathematics, art, the Foundation Stage, educational management, special educational needs, and English as an additional language. He has an excellent track record as a consultant and trainer. We reserve the right to replace the advertised tutor with another appropriately experienced tutor.


  • What were the strongest features of the training: “Materials provided and delivery because of excellent subject knowledge and experience...I found the day really valuable”.
  • “Clear and honest advice and guidance which is realistic”.
  • “Superb- went away buzzing”.
  • “Now have a clear to do list- a long one! always- excellent”.
  • “Inspirational in usefulness towards school ever-again!”.
  • “Very clear explanations, practical suggestions and useful proformas for self evaluation”.
  • “Impressive information provided”.
  • “Putting the tools of the framework into action...excellent knowledge from presenter”.
  • “The unpicking of key words/ phrases- identifying what they mean...very useful starting point on which to now build”.
  • “Very useful- well timed, inspiring and motivational!”.
  • “Thank you- it was an excellent day”
  • “Best training I’ve had in a long time, great quality- thank you”.

Feedback from todays course - 12 September 2014

  • Relevant and to the point
  • Engaging presentation of a very dry subject!
  • Clear explanation and dissection of the handbook material
  • Thank you for a wonderful day
  • Excellent venue refreshments and food

Strongest features of the training:

  • Bruce’s great insight!
  • The trainer!
  • Clarification on previously grey areas
  • Developing a clear understanding of the changes and how to secure knowledge across the team.
  • 'Methodical and at a pace to allow understanding and time for questions.

Feedback from our latest course - 15th January 2016

  • 'Huge amount of advice and support provided both during discussion and in the toolkit provided. Very informative and met aim of helping leaders to prepare for an inspection.'
  • 'Delivery and materials provided.'
  • 'Clarity and food for thought.'
  • 'All very informative.'
  • 'Very knowledgeable - answered questions in detail.'
  • 'Up to date and relevant.'
  • 'The amount of advice and information given.'
  • 'A very detailed step by step guide from pre-inspection preparation to the day before notification to post inspection'

Membership discounts

20 September 2017
Members book 1 place: £175+VAT
Members book 2 places: £145+VAT per person

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