Ofsted has apparently already received 1000s of responses from Headteachers on the draft Education Inspection Framework. As with most consultations, I’ve seen over the years, questions are written and presented in such a way as to maximise the number of “agree” or “strongly agree” responses. The organisation can then state, post consultation, that 80% or 90% or whatever the figure is endorses what they are doing. In essence, what is often sought is a confirmation and coronation rather than a far reaching consultation and debate. Continue reading
One of the key tenets of the draft inspection framework is that there is no preferred Ofsted Curriculum; there has been no preferred Ofsted pedagogy for years. Despite Ofsted repeating the above mantra; the question about the veracity of these two statements remains. Continue reading
There is likely to be a fundamental conflict at the heart of Ofsted’s proposed framework. What does an outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate curriculum looks like? Well, it varies from subject to subject and often within subjects there are different views; therein lays the crux of the matter.