Inspection and the school library

Anne provides training on preparing the school library for inspection for primary and secondary librarians in state and independent schools and others with responsibility for the library. Her courses examine where libraries fit in the inspection process, identify inspection priorities, and explore practical ways to get the library and its impact noticed. They contain up-to-the minute information about the Ofsted framework and ISI practice.

Participants can expect to gain

  • greater awareness of the inspection process and what inspectors are looking for
  • strategies for raising the profile of the library before and during inspection
  • ideas for mapping library provision to key areas of inspection
  • confidence about appropriate evidence to prepare and ways to present it
  • tips for highlighting key strengths and achievements
  • ideas for self-assessment, monitoring and evaluation
  • opportunities to share concerns and good practice
  • knowledge of key documents and their contents and other sources of guidance

Participants receive comprehensive information packs.

Anne offers face-to-face and online courses. She tailors all her training to specific circumstances and needs.

What people say about this training

Brilliant course with a plethora of fantastic ideas. I've learned so much and am so very glad I came! Inspections seem much less intimidating now.

Extremely useful. We have learnt how to make the school library as effective as possible in school so that it contributes to a good Ofsted result.

An excellent course - informative, well-paced and interesting. I feel inspired.

Did not know how to prepare for a school library inspection prior to this training. Now I have an idea of what to do and have collated quality inspiring ideas and activities that will help my library. I am going to be well prepared.

This course was just what I needed to give me the confidence in helping our school receive good/outstanding as a judgement.

Very useful. It has taken the 'fear factor' away from the thought of an inspection of the library and reminded me that the person to raise the profile of the library is me!

Clear guidance on how to prepare, making me feel more at ease. Lots of ideas to take back to school and implement.

All very useful, informative and helpful. Plenty to think about regarding the impact the school library has on the school and ways to measure and achieve this.

Fantastic. Inclusive, non-threatening, pitched just right. Given me a real boost with realistic goals for the future (not just intentions that fall by the wayside).

What a fabulous course. It was very informative and full of useful information and top tips to help implement those ideas.

Very informative. Anne was very knowledgeable. Really good ideas. Very well structured course.

An eye opener. I did wonder what we would talk about all day but could have done with more time to discuss topics. Very useful information to take away, a lot of thinking to be done.

I found today's course very informative, and it will definitely help me raise the profile of the library.

Lots of ideas to take away. Unique opportunity to discuss practices/plans/library initiatives with other school librarians.

Helpful references to NC and what Ofsted is looking for. Helpful information on how to put a library policy together. Excellent sharing of resources and ideas.

I have huge new enthusiasm. My head is buzzing with new ideas for activities and initiatives.