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The New Education Inspection Framework

June 21, 2019 2:15 pm
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As you’re probably already aware, Ofsted have released a number of important updates to the Education Inspection Framework which come into effect from September 2019.

Before we start, here’s a quick summary of which documents have been updated and how they are used:

The Education Inspection Framework

This framework sets out Ofsted’s inspection principles and the main judgements that inspectors make. Replaces the current Common Inspection Framework.

The Early Years Inspection Handbook (EIF)

This handbook describes the main activities inspectors undertake when they conduct inspections of early years providers. Replaces the current Early Years Inspection Handbook.

Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings

This guidance sets out the key points inspectors need to consider when inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings. Replaces the current Inspecting Safeguarding.

So what’s changed exactly and how will it affect you? To be honest, there’s nothing too complicated in here, but it’s still important to make sure you and your staff are aware of the most recent updates, so we’ve laid out the key points below for you.

New ‘Quality of Education’ Judgment

Instead of purely focusing on results (test data), Ofsted will now examine how the provider has achieved those results. Providers that have achieved good results thanks to a broad, rich curriculum will be looked on more favourably than those who have relied on ‘teaching to the test’ and exam cramming.

Judging ‘Behaviour and Attitudes’ separately from ‘Personal Development’

The ‘behaviour and attitudes’ judgment will assess whether leaders are creating a calm and orderly environment where bullying is tackled effectively. This will be judged separately to ‘personal development’ which will assess whether providers are effectively building children’s resilience and confidence for later life through activities like sport, music and extra-curricular activities.

Putting the Needs of the Child First

By shifting the focus from data and results, Ofsted hope that leaders and teachers will no longer feel the need to generate and analyse masses of data purely for inspection. This will mean they are able to spend time teaching and making a real difference to children’s lives instead of filling in mountains of paperwork.

Cultural Capital

Settings will now be inspected on ‘cultural capital’, a term which some practitioners have argued is not very clear. Ofsted say that cultural capital is ‘the essential knowledge that children need to be educated citizens’ – the definition in the National Curriculum. Although this is still a little vague, PACEY Chief Executive, Liz Bayram, has suggested that cultural capital is already central to how the EYFS is delivered, so providers simply need to keep doing what they’re doing.

List of Learner Groups Removed

Ofsted have removed the list of specific groups of learners whose outcomes inspectors pay particular attention to. This is because settings must now have ‘a clear and ambitious vision for providing high-quality, inclusive education and training to all’ and leaders must ‘use or construct a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged and including pupils with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.’

Shorter Reports (Hooray!)

Reports will be redesigned and shortened to give parents the key information about the school/setting and how it feels to be a pupil there.

Follow the link below to order your copy of the updated Education Inspection Framework (Product Code HG14) or for more information about what changes have been made and why please visit the gov.uk website. 

If you rather buy them all as a bundle you can do so here.

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