Consultation over the draft Education Inspection Framework will close soon. Philippa Stobbs looks at the potential within the proposals to foster better teacher and pupil wellbeing

Should we welcome the proposed changes to Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework (EIF), even if we add a caveat about what it will look like and feel like in practice? Or should we hope for further changes as a result of the consultation period?

Probably most of us have welcomed the general direction of travel that Ofsted has indicated: with the headlines advertising a greater emphasis on the quality of education; a clearer focus on curriculum, held in a better balance with assessment activity; and a broad range of experiences at school contributing to the judgment on personal development. Beneath the headlines, there is evidence of concerns about both teacher and pupil wellbeing.

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