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Will Ofsted’s inspection framework changes make a difference?

After years of prioritising outcomes and data, Ofsted has signalled a change in focus. It comes after the NAHT’s landmark report into accountability. So what can we expect come September 2019 and will it really be an improvement?

The indications have been there for some time. Schools and teaching associations have known that there was likely to be a shift of ground in the new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework, scheduled for implementation in September 2019.

More details have now been revealed and we know that we can expect an inspection service that is once more focused on what’s being delivered rather than just on what the outcomes are.

The move by Ofsted to prioritise the curriculum and step back from a focus on raw data and results is seen as a welcome one by most. However, what some are anxious to establish is whether Ofsted can implement this change in time and in a way that schools can cope with.

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