Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has rejected a move to a system of school inspection where schools “pass or fail”, saying she is not convinced of the case for change.
It means that Ofsted’s new inspection framework, due to come in for September 2019, will keep the current system of grades.
Speaking at the Festival of Education at Wellington College in Berkshire last week, Ms Spielman also revealed that the new framework will have a “clearer focus” on pupil behaviour – probably with a new behaviour and attitudes judgement.
Another priority is how inspections can “complement rather than reinforce performance data”, she said. And she also pledged that Ofsted’s on-going curriculum review work will not lead to an “Ofsted-approved curriculum”. However, it will see school leaders being asked to justify their curriculum decisions, she warned.
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