Schools across England will be reflecting on their curriculum design in light of Ofsted’s new ‘intent, implementation and impact’ approach. National Leader of Education Helen Frostick offers a quick insight into how her school’s curriculum will meet Ofsted’s criteria, including areas for development

The new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) handbook was published in May and will be activated for inspections taking place from September (Ofsted, 2019).

In Ofsted’s own words: “Ofsted exists to be a force for improvement through intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation. The primary purpose of inspection under this framework is to bring about improvement in educational provision.”

The focus of inspections will be under four headings:

Under quality of education, the inspectors will evaluate how much the school builds a curriculum that is ambitious and bespoke to all learners including the disadvantaged and those with SEN.

This extends to the cultural capital that they need to lead a full life. It will include a progression of skills and continuity to a point that the pupils will be able to transfer their knowledge and understanding into employment later in life. Leaders need to consider the unique needs of all learners with a sufficient degree of challenge and support.

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