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
Overall effectiveness is now judged across four areas:
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.
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:
Quality of education puts curriculum at the heart of inspection and incorporates;
As part of the new framework schools should be able to articulate their curriculum in reference to the 3 I’s.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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