Ofsted bids to address 'significant disquiet' over key stage 3 and 4

There is “significant disquiet” over the perception that Ofsted favours a two-year key stage 4 over a three-year approach, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has said.

Ofsted has denied that it has a “narrow focus” on the length of key stage 3 during inspections, although it did admit this week that the issue “is one that has clearly been challenging on some inspections”.

Speaking to the ASCL annual conference, on Saturday (March 14), general secretary Geoff Barton said Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) had “created the perception that it favours a specific curriculum model – a two-year key stage 4 – and that those who don’t toe the line are likely to be downgraded”.

He told delegates: “Now, Ofsted denies that, but the perception persists. And while to those outside education this might sound like a nerdy, technical argument, we know that this is the sort of thing that makes or breaks careers.

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