The Governors' Podcast

Agenda Item 36 - Inside an Ofsted inspection with Paula Thorne | #TheGovernorsPodcast

October 18, 2023 Onevma Productions Season 4 Episode 3
The Governors' Podcast
Agenda Item 36 - Inside an Ofsted inspection with Paula Thorne | #TheGovernorsPodcast
Show Notes

For today's Single Item Agenda (episode) we are joined by a guest speaker;

  • Paula Thorne, currently serving as a parent governor and EDI link governor at a primary school which has recently (as of 2023) received an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ in all categories

To discuss;

  • Being and championing parent governors
  • When Ofsted arrives after over a decade, at the end of an academic year (summer term)
  • How to prepare for an Ofsted inspection as an individual and as a governing board, including training and being up-to-date on all key areas such as Safeguarding, SEND, Teaching and Learning, Mental Health and well-being
  • Which and how many governors from the board to involve in an Ofsted visit
  • Tips for improving language and perceptions in school

Thank you for tuning into our show. We appreciate you, our listeners.
*We apologise for the audio quality dipping, for approx. 1min, midway through the episode for our guest.

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Sharon Warmington (School Governor; Qualified Corporate Governance Practitioner) 

Olivia D Hinds (Committee Chair for Teaching and Learning; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Link Governor)


The Governors' Podcast (TGP) is a brand of Education Governance Solutions @Limited 

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Current release schedule: Term time Wednesdays @ 7am (approx. 1-2 per month).

TGP defines its 'Seasons' by UK academic years (September to July) and episodes are called ‘Agenda Items’.

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Theme Music - Hertz Beats, UK Producer