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Putting Ofsted’s new framework into practice

With a new curriculum-focused inspection framework due to hit schools in September, specialist Stephen Rollett offers his practical advice on how we should be preparing

The consultation over the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF), including the draft version of the inspection handbook comes to a close tomorrow (Friday, April 5). However, from reading these proposals, teachers can already begin to see how inspection will work from September.

While our starting point must not be to do something because “Ofsted says”, the reality is that accountability does change the way schools behave. With this in mind, what should schools do in response to Ofsted’s new quality of education judgement?

The new quality of education judgement is framed by the three “I”s of intent, implementation and impact. The proposed EIF states: “Inspectors will consider the extent to which the school’s curriculum sets out the knowledge and skills that pupils will gain at each stage (intent).

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