Ofsted inspector apprenticeships - where to start
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You can apply directly to become an inspector if you've got the relevant qualifications, skills and experience.
You'll also need at least 5 years' experience of leadership in a relevant job like headteacher or senior manager in children's services to become an HMI - Her Majesty's Inspector.
- a degree in a subject like education, childcare or social work
- qualified teacher status (QTS) to inspect schools
- a track record of improving standards and services
- up-to-date knowledge of the job, including recent developments and statutory requirements
Ofsted inspector apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- observation and interviewing skills
- the ability to analyse quality or performance
- the ability to make fair judgements and decisions
- leadership and teamworking skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- active listening skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
- meet nationality requirements
- pass enhanced background checks
You'll also find it useful to have a driving licence.
Ofsted inspector apprenticeships - what you'll do
You'll be employed directly by Ofsted as an HMI - Her Majesty's Inspector, or regulatory inspector. You could also work as an Ofsted inspector (OI) on contract to Ofsted. OIs do not carry out the regulatory work or the full role of an HMI.
As an HMI, you'll take lead inspector and team inspector roles. You'll work in one or more of these areas:
Ofsted also employs regulatory inspectors across early years and children’s social care services. They check that people, premises and services are suitable to care for children and vulnerable young people.
In all roles, you'll:
- further education and skills
- children and families services
- early years and childcare
- get organised for inspections by reading briefings
- talk to staff about previous development plans and progress made
- find out the views of other professionals, children and parents
- observe and rate teaching or care provision against national standards
- check the welfare and development of the children
- record what you see and hear
- give information and evidence to team meetings
- produce detailed written reports to tight deadlines
- give feedback to the education or children's service provider
You could work from home, at a college or at a school.
Your working environment may be you may spend nights away from home.
You may need to wear smart business dress.
Career path and progression - Ofsted inspector apprenticeships
You’ll be recruited and trained by Ofsted.
With experience as an HMI - Her Majesty's Inspector, you could become a senior HMI or regional director. Regulatory inspectors may also become regulatory inspection managers or HMIs.
You could use your knowledge and experience to move into a senior role within your own area of work.