Ofsted chief: ‘We have not placed enough emphasis on the curriculum’

Inspection can play a key role in providing a “more rounded picture of the curriculum” being taught in schools, Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman has said.

A new inspection framework is due to be implemented from September 2019 and it is expected to include a strong focus on schools’ curriculum approaches – challenging school leaders to justify their curriculum decisions.

Ofsted has been conducting research into curriculum models and as part of phase two of this research visited 23 “good” or “outstanding” schools known to be “particularly invested in curriculum design”.

In an online commentary last week, Ms Spielman, reporting on the initial results of these visits, said that they saw three broad approaches to curriculum design:

Ms Spielman says that they saw strengths and weaknesses in each approach. One key element, she explains, is local context.

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