Christine Raeside, Senior HMI, on checking the quality of an inspection

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Watching inspections and checking that the process is working well is part of my role as a Senior HMI. I shadow inspections of our new Ofsted Inspectors (OIs) to review the quality of their work.

Who are OIs? They’re mostly serving practitioners – headteachers or senior leaders in good or outstanding schools who spread their expertise and experience by inspecting for Ofsted. They’re contracted to inspect a certain number of days each year for us. We recruit them directly and train them alongside Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMIs). HMIs are part of Ofsted’s permanent team. They’re…

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