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Ofsted subject reports: Maths and history

Ofsted Curriculum
Ofsted’s series of subject reports continues to be published. Suzanne O’Connell looks at what inspectors had to say and their recommendations when it comes to the teaching and delivery of maths and history...
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Ofsted continues to publish its subject reports building on the 11 subject research reviews it published in-between 2021 and 2023 (see Ofsted 2021, 2023a). Last year, we looked at the findings and lessons to learn from the first of these subject reports, which focused on science.

In July, two more reports were released – mathematics and history (Ofsted, 2023b, 2023c). Both reports record improvements since Ofsted’s last in-depth reviews of these subjects with detailed findings from primary and secondary schools as well as recommendations.

The reports are recommended reading for subject leaders and their teams. They reflect what Ofsted considers to be quality education in these subjects and as such should not be ignored by schools, especially those anticipating an inspection. However, it should also be kept in mind that there have been disagreements about some of the points and recommendations.

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