Schools prepare for January consultation over Ofsted plans

The chief inspector has set out plans for a proposed new ‘quality of education’ judgement, marking a shift in focus away from headline data and towards curriculum breadth and quality. A consultation is planned for launch in January. Pete Henshaw reports

Ofsted’s plan to focus less on raw exam results and more on “the substance of education and a broad curriculum” has been given a cautious welcome by the profession.

However, concerns remain about whether the inspectorate can deliver such a substantial change effectively and within the current timescale. Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework is due to come into effect in September 2019 and detailed plans will be published for consultation in January – just two terms before implementation.

Chief inspector Amanda Spielman set out the headline proposals in a speech to the SCHOOLS NorthEast Summit in Newcastle last week (see below). She signalled a move away from “headline data” and a new focus on “how schools are achieving these results and whether they are offering a curriculum that is broad, rich and deep, or simply teaching to the test”.

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