Ofsted’s curriculum conversations

More details on Ofsted’s plans to place the curriculum at the heart of the new inspection framework are emerging after the latest update from the inspectorate’s on-going curriculum research. Pete Henshaw reports

It is possible for school inspectors to make valid judgements of a wide range of curriculum approaches, Ofsted has concluded.
The decision paves the way for judgements on the breadth and depth of a school’s curriculum to be placed at the core of school inspection from September 2019.

It comes after the results of phase three of Ofsted’s on-going two-year research project into the curriculum were published in December. This focused on how Ofsted can ensure the new framework offers effective and accurate judgements of the many different curriculum approaches to be found in schools and the report is based on a number of pilots. It concludes that it is possible to make “valid assessments of the quality of curriculum”.

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