Ofsted ‘calls time’ on teaching to the test and off-rolling pupils

Ofsted signals its plans to crackdown on narrow curricula and teaching to the test. However, as the consultation over the new inspection framework opens, concerns remain over how reliable inspectors’ judgements will be. Pete Henshaw reports

Ofsted has said its proposals for a new-look inspection framework, which were published for consultation last week, will “call time” on the culture of teaching to the test, narrow curriculums, and the increasing trend for off-rolling students.

As expected, the plans include a new “quality of education” judgement alongside judgements on “behaviour and attitudes”, “personal development” and “leadership and management”.

The new framework is scheduled to be implemented from September this year, despite concern from education unions about the tight timetable. The consultation is to run until April 5 and Ofsted has said that the final framework and inspection handbooks are to be published in “summer 2019”.

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