Ofsted: Judging primary through a secondary lens

As a new report from the NAHT details the emerging views of its members on the new inspection framework, Paul Whiteman urges Ofsted not to view primary education through a secondary lens

Ofsted’s new approach to inspection has climbed to the top of many school leaders’ agendas, even above funding in some cases. Our recent report highlights schools’ concerns in a meaningful way (NAHT, 2020). Members said that:

We welcomed the overarching vision of the new framework to reduce inspectors’ focus on pupil performance data and outcomes to take greater account of the breadth and balance of a school’s curriculum. However, we raised concerns about the way Ofsted intended to focus on curriculum design and delivery, through its new quality of education judgement. We raised specific concerns about the impact of Ofsted’s secondary-based methodology on primary schools.

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