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Curriculum design under the new Ofsted regime

The new Ofsted inspection framework will see a focus on the breadth of your school’s curriculum offer, including its ‘intent’, ‘implementation’ and ‘impact’. In light of these changes, Matt Bromley looks at how schools might plan their curriculum...

It will not have escaped your notice that Ofsted has published a draft new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) which will come into effect in September 2019. A consultation has just concluded over the proposals and we await the outcomes.

However, the overall thrust of the new framework has been set out. In addition to an overall effectiveness grade, schools will receive a graded judgement for each of the following areas:

As such, “outcomes for students” and “teaching, learning and assessment” are no longer standalone judgements, instead incorporated into the new “quality of education” measure. This shift is not merely semantic: it recognises that exams are not paramount and that, while schools in challenging contexts might not always get good headline outcomes, they may still be providing a good quality of education.

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