Ofsted Inspection Framework 2019

From September 2019 the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) applies, setting out new inspection principles and revisions to the main judgements.

Ofsted found that the previous inspection framework accountability system could divert schools from the real substance of education and that what children learnt came second to a focus on performance data.

In some cases, managing this performance data added unnecessary workload for teachers and led to teaching to the test and narrowing of the curriculum, which had the greatest negative effect on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

Visit Ofsted to read the Education Inspection Framework: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-inspection-framework


What are the new Ofsted judgements?

Greater emphasis on mental health and wellbeing

Greater emphasis on curriculum and knowledge learned

How to achieve Ofsted’s three I's of curriculum

How can we support you with the Education Inspection Framework?



What are the new Ofsted judgements?

Overall effectiveness is now judged across four areas:

  • Quality of education
  • Personal development
  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Leadership and management

The grading scale (outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate) will stay the same. There remains a sharp focus on safeguarding and on meeting the needs of pupils with SEND.


Greater emphasis on mental health and wellbeing

There are now separate judgements for ‘personal development’ and ‘behaviour and attitudes’, adding greater emphasis to aspects of personal development such as healthy living, citizenship, equality and diversity, careers, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The Education Inspection Framework is built around factors that have greatest protective effect for all children and their mental health:

  • a good education,
  • high quality pastoral care
  • a culture that promotes a strong connection between children and learners and their community


Greater emphasis on curriculum and knowledge learned

Quality of education puts curriculum at the heart of inspection and incorporates;

  • Curriculum design, coverage, delivery and appropriateness
  • Teaching pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Attainment and progress
  • Reading
  • Readiness for the next stage of education


How to achieve Ofsted’s three I's of curriculum

As part of the new framework schools should be able to articulate their curriculum in reference to the 3 I’s.

  1. Intent –aims of the programme of education, demonstrating a rich and varied curriculum including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage
  2. Implementation – translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative – the process of delivering a broad and balanced curriculum
  3. Impact – evaluating what knowledge and skills pupils have gained but also with a greater emphasis on personal development, behaviour and attitudes of pupils


How can we support you with the Education Inspection Framework?

We can help you to evaluate whether your curriculum is effectively meeting the learning and development needs of all pupils and securing the quality of education expected by government/Ofsted.

Our specialist staff offer a diverse range of experiences and skills, provide a rich knowledge base and the ability to translate this into practical solutions for supporting the personal development and behaviours and attributes of children and young people.

Our professional development offer helps schools and settings secure improvements through high quality training, conferencing and events which ensure your teachers, leaders and governors are knowledgeable, skilled and effective.

To support you with EIF we deliver a broad range of educational services covering attendance, behaviour, educational psychology, SEND, teaching, learning and assessment, leadership and governance, inclusion and safeguarding.


Featured services

  • Curriculum Review

Our curriculum review SLA provides an initial external view of the school’s curriculum in order to support school self-evaluation. It is intended to be a developmental process which aims to provide school leaders, including governors, with key strengths and areas for development. The review has been developed to fit with the cycle of continuous school improvement, the intention being that the review is repeated within the cycle of self-evaluation by school leaders. An Education Adviser can also facilitate later follow up reviews.

  • Ofsted Readiness

Ofsted Readiness is designed to support all schools and settings in preparing for their Ofsted visit. It is a package of support that can be tailored to address your needs, to ensure that your school is Ofsted ready.

  • Emotional Logic

Suitable for students experiencing challenges or difficult situations in their lives in school or beyond, anxious students or those who find it difficult to engage with adults, school refusers, students who have been out of education for any period of time.

  • Early Years Bulletin and Schools News Bulletin with up to date information and evidence regarding the new EIF
  • Headteacher Briefings


New services to support you with the Ofsted framework

  • Inspection on the Horizon

Facilitated by a former Ofsted Senior HMI, attendees will consider curriculum provision, approaches to monitoring and staff feedback and how the school supports and meets the needs of pupils so that they attend, participate and achieve.

By completing a series of seminars and school based tasks intended to inform school self-evaluation and drive improvement, Inspection on the Horizon will help you at a strategic and operational level to always be ready for an inspection.

  • Thematic Offer

Professional development and improvement modules we find have had the best impact with schools and are key to school improvement. This offer is free to all focus or intensive schools and available to purchase for all others.

  • Revised school improvement strategy

The School Improvement strategy has changed in light of the new framework. We have redefined each stage of support from Stabilise and Repair for schools in the Intensive and Focus category through to Improve and Sustain for schools in the Monitoring/Light Touch and Secure/Secure plus categories. Each supported school will have a plan which helps them move through stages of school improvement.

  • Conferences

Improving support for pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. Sue Morris-King, Senior HMI Ofsted will talk about the new EIF changes, what inspectors will be looking for and how this work aligns with support for pupils with SEND. For further details on the conference and a link to book a place, visit: https://www.babcockprime.co.uk/training-conferences/conferences/send-conference-2019


Preschool conference, focussing on inspection changes (SOLD OUT)

  • Training

Courses aimed at supporting schools and settings to deliver the Education Inspection Framework search our training website for details: https://cpd.babcockprime.co.uk/cpd

  • Networking opportunities

Mental health networks to focus on the professional development aspect of the Ofsted framework and early years networking events.


Contact School Improvement for further guidance and support with the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework

01905 678148



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