Consultation proposals on how Ofsted inspects schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers, to take effect from September 2019 have been released today.
Alongside the consultation they have published:
- draft education inspection framework 2019
- draft inspection handbooks for early years, schools, non-association independent schools and further education and skills
- commentary setting out the research that has informed the development of the criteria in the framework
- the revised framework will focus inspection on what children learn through the curriculum, rather than over-reliance on performance data;
- the proposals will seek to ‘call time’ on the culture of ‘teaching to the test’ and off-rolling;
- there will be a new separate behaviour judgement to give parents reassurance that behaviour is good.
What is clear is that this is one of, if not the, most evidence-based, research-informed framework Ofsted have produced. Luckily we have Daniel Muijs, Head of Research at Ofsted presenting this coming friday at our Curriculum Conference.
In anticipation of that, and also to feedback into the consultation, we suggest all members make time to read through the documents.