Differentiation: A plea to Ofsted

Please Ofsted – how can we address the gaps in learning within our classes of 30 children without elaborately differentiating our teaching intent? Dr Adam Abdelnoor asks the question...

Ofsted has little confidence in schools’ internal progress and attainment data. As Stephen Rollett said in April, “it is clear from the draft handbook that Ofsted is proposing not to look at schools’ internal data” (SecEd, 2019).

Instead, under its new Education Inspection Framework (Ofsted, 2019) it wants to know exactly how schools are planning their curriculum delivery (what it now calls “intent”) and how well they are carrying it out (what they now call “implementation”). As regards the third “i” – impact – it seems Ofsted’s primary focus will be on national moderated outcomes.

Secondary schools that had purchased progress-tracking software specifically to demonstrate attainment may feel some annoyance, especially if budgets were tight.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here