When working in a school, the talk of Ofsted can be quite daunting. The power of an outstanding report is an excellent achievement, giving schools a platform to be seen at the top of the list for prospective parents. A highly regarded school can give an area a great reputation
So if you’re preparing for that looming inspection, what should you be considering? Our focus is on making sure your school’s washroom will pass that up and coming Ofsted inspection.
Don’t lose marks for a broken toilet seat or a leaking tap – with this being such a common mistake, we would advise addressing the problem prior to inspection. Just remember if any facilities in your school aren’t to a certain standard, any Ofsted report will reflect this – meaning that both teachers, janitorial workers and prospective parents can read this to try and understand where a school is slipping up.
We have put a guide together so you don’t make the same mistakes as many have before, make sure you take our handy tips on board for your school.
- Ensure that all children know which toilets are for boys and girls. This is an easy thing to forget and may seem like an obvious point, however signs are a cheap and simple way to combat losing points.
- Hot water temperatures should be kept to a maximum of 43°C, this can be taken care of by checking and changing the cartridges on your taps.
- Make sure all bathrooms are filled with a sufficient amount of paper towels, toilet paper and soap. This should be checked daily and restocked as and when needed, as well as checking that no fixtures within the bathrooms are broken or rusty. If there are signs of broken fittings, these need to be replaced as well as any rusty hinges.
- Address overflowing and dripping toilets prior to an inspection – change any seals/washers or flush valves as well as ensuring push buttons and lever handles are all in working order.
- All toilet facilities should allow for staff to informally supervise pupils, however this should not compromise anyone’s privacy.
– Toilet cubicles should all have working locks and should be out of the view of any access areas.
– Urinals should be clearly divided with modesty screens in men’s bathrooms.
– Sink areas should be open plan and need to be completed with working taps.
- Ensure your school doesn’t fail to meet the regulations for sufficiency and condition of the bathrooms.
– Start by making sure your school is providing the right amount of toilets and washbasins.
– Keep staff and visitors toilets separate and disabled toilets accessible at all times.
Remember poor standards, lack of toilet paper and foul smelling washrooms are top of the list when it comes to parents and pupils complaining. Cleanliness and hygiene are factors that contribute towards one key Ofsted evaluation criterias, these factors may also pose a threat to both staff and pupils, so ensure the issues are fixed prior to any inspections.
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