OFSTED Slimming Down Its Inspection Framework? Nope!

Shane Rae's picture
From Independent School's Council:

In the government’s recent education white paper, they told us that they would be ‘ask[ing] Ofsted to return to focusing its attention on the core … and taking a more proportionate approach’. Ofsted inspects schools against 27 headings, the paper pointed out, and in an attempt to get back to basis it promised that Ofsted would consult on a new framework, paying attention to four key areas: achievement; pupil behaviour & safety; the quality of teaching; and the effectiveness of leadership & management.

That consultation has now been published, and Ofsted have indeed proposed slimming down the number of inspection headings – to a mere 26! Six under ‘Achievement’; five under ‘Pupils’ behaviour and safety’; six under ‘The quality of teaching’; and nine under ‘The effectiveness of leadership and management’.

See OFSTED's proposals here.

If you wish to complete the online questionnaire and see the full range of documents connected with the new proposals, click here.
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Francis Gilbert's picture
Wed, 23/03/2011 - 18:11

It seems that there is much more focus upon pupils "achievement" as opposed to "learning". Only one mention of "well being". I suppose the key question is what do they mean by "achievement"? Overall though, it seems quite similar to existing arrangements with less/no interest in "well being" of pupils, with a lot more focus on their "behaviour".

Janet Downs's picture
Thu, 24/03/2011 - 09:21

The focus on achievement is because this can be easily measured by looking at examination figures. Learning, however, is more difficult to guage. What do pupils really learn when they are asked to rewrite marked coursework, for example? They may achieve a higher grade but the lesson they learn is that it is OK to cheat. Simlarly, what do children learn when their parents "find religion" in Year 6, or give Granny's address on an application form because it's in the catchment area of a "good" school? They learn that it's OK to lie.

Judging teaching and learning can't be done by viewing a couple of lessons. It takes hours of assessment and appraisal. Much easier to concentrate on achievement.

Shane Rae's picture
Thu, 24/03/2011 - 09:34

To me it smacks of an organization that is desperate to justify its existence, rather than offer actual valuable change.

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