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Ofsted: What curriculum evidence will they need?

With Ofsted’s new ‘quality of education’ judgement in mind, Imogen Rowley examines how inspectors will be judging the ‘intent, implementation and impact’ of your curriculum

The introduction of Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework, with its “quality of education” measure, has put the curriculum firmly in the spotlight.

The quality of education judgement looks at your curriculum, which includes teaching, assessment and standards. Ofsted’s working definition of “curriculum” explains it as: “A framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage (intent) ... translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation) ... and evaluating what knowledge and understanding pupils have gained against expectations (impact).” (Harford, 2018)

When it comes to inspection time, the process will be split into three stages:

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