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The curriculum: Seven questions for your school

The curriculum has become a core focus for Ofsted inspections. Drawing on inspections under the Education Inspection Framework, Danny Cuttell offers seven curriculum questions to consider

The new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) has moved away from internal assessment and focuses on their three curriculum I’s – intent, implementation and impact.

From monitoring the results of the first inspections and talking to schools about their experiences, we have identified seven key questions that we think curriculum leaders should be thinking about.

1, What is the rationale for the structure of key stage 3 and 4 in your school?

The debate around the length of key stage 3 – and whether Ofsted has a preference on this matter – is on-going. Ofsted’s official stance is they have no preferred duration for key stage 3. Instead the focus of inspection is around monitoring whether students have the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects to a meaningful level of depth.

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