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Ofsted's Education Inspection Framework: Finally moving in the right direction?

The consultation over Ofsted’s draft Education Inspection Framework is almost at an end. With its new focus on curriculum breadth and balance and with the chief inspector speaking out against teaching to the test, the framework has been broadly welcomed. What are the key talking points?

Much of the proposed Ofsted framework was anticipated. A new focus on the curriculum, a clamp-down on off-rolling and reduction of teacher workload were already clear priorities. Now the draft has been published, what does it contain and how are school leaders reacting?

The consultation, accompanied by the draft handbook and framework, was launched in January. As expected, the outcomes judgement has gone, to be replaced by a judgement of the “quality of education”. Furthermore, “personal development” and “behaviour and attitudes” are now two distinct judgements.

It means that the proposed new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), which comes into force on September 2019, includes the four graded judgements of:

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