Curriculum, exclusion and literacy – Ofsted outlines its key priorities at Headteacher Update’s Ninth Pupil Premium & Ofsted Conference

Ofsted’s new inspection framework in 2019 will bring with it a clear focus on the curriculum and will reward schools for being “bold and courageous”.

The message was delivered to delegates at Headteacher Update and SecEd’s Ninth National Ofsted and Pupil Premium Conference, which took place before Easter in Birmingham.

The keynote speaker at the event was Peter Humphries, Ofsted’s senior HMI for schools in the West Midlands region. He told around 150 senior leaders from primary and secondary schools that chief inspector Amanda Spielman “has a real focus on the curriculum”.

He explained: “Amanda Spielman has looked a lot at the curriculum and in the framework in 2019 I think there will be a focus on the curriculum. How well does your curriculum meet the needs of disadvantaged groups, SEND, boys excluded, etc?

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