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The new Common Inspection Framework – key considerations

Offering his commentary on the new Common Inspection Framework and Ofsted inspection in general, school improvement advisor Chris Byrne considers the key talking points and areas for concern

The revised Ofsted inspection framework was launched recently with much fanfare. Changes were said to be "far-reaching".

Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw wants to "listen to professionals" to continually improve the inspection process. We are assured that the new Common Inspection Framework will provide "consistency" so that inspectors' judgements will "mean the same things". So what are those at the sharp end – headteachers, teachers and governors – to make of it?

Calming words from the Ofsted hierarchy about how they will listen more, how "good" schools will be presumed to still be good on short inspections, and how consistency in inspection processes will be increased are re-assuring.

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