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The implications of yet more Ofsted reforms

A consultation published by Ofsted has set out further significant changes to the inspection regime. We take a look at the proposals and consider whether they represent positive fundamental reform.

Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw is still at the helm, just, and continues to set his mark with a new consultation, Better Inspection For All.

The last major change of the inspection framework was in 2012 and this latest set of proposals represents a focused attempt to put some of Ofsted’s well-documented problems behind them.

The consultation closes on December 5 and the new arrangements are expected to be implemented in September 2015.

In his introduction to the document, Sir Michael emphasises this new “common” inspection framework as placing a greater emphasis on safeguarding, curriculum breadth and the quality of early learning.

With acrimonious accusations ping-ponging between the chief inspector and the Department for Education (DfE) what is needed more than anything is a framework that invites support from the profession and provides a real blueprint for the future. So is this framework up to muster?

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