Ofsted publishes final EIF and offers schools a grace period for curriculum reviews

More in-depth pre-inspection phone calls, a phasing in of the curriculum intent grade descriptor and a focus on reducing unnecessary workload. Just 22 days after the consultation over Ofsted’s new inspection framework closed, the final documents have been published, with implementation due for September. Pete Henshaw reports

Ofsted is moving ahead with its plans to refocus school inspections on the quality of the curriculum, but has confirmed it will give schools a grace period to review their offering for students.

The final version of the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) was published by Ofsted on Tuesday (May 14) after a three-month consultation.

It confirms that from September Ofsted will introduce its planned four inspection judgements: quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management.

Under the quality of education judgement, inspectors are to look at the “intent, implementation and impact” of a school’s curriculum and will in particular be looking for schools that shun practices of teaching to the test and instead offer a “broad and rich” curriculum.

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