It is vital to ensure schools are busy with the job of educating children and focusing on standards. Schools need to remind themselves that the SEF and Ofsted are you means of accreditation. They are distractors.
Having seen a number of schools bend over backwards producing endless reams of paperwork and spending countless hours filling in boxes to receive Artsmark, Investors in People and all the other marks you can get, I feel this madness has to stop. Visits are often nothing more than a chat with the head and a tour of the school. They do nothing to secure the progress of children and do much to massage peoples egos and to fill the accounts of former heads, teachers and inspectors.