It is with a certain level of angst, amusement and apprehension that I await Ofsted’s new Inspection Framework. The angst and amusement are combined; our Curriculum Policy, originating in the last decade, initially contained four main sections: the Curriculum Model, the Planned Curriculum, the Delivered Curriculum and the Received Curriculum (read intent, implementation and impact). It was pretty much dismissed by an inspection team at the time but I was delighted to see the terms resurfacing.
Whilst the new inspection framework won’t be out until the other side of the New Year it’s possible to start hazarding a guess at what it is likely to contain. Recent letters by Amanda Spielman HMCI, speeches and the release of various pieces of research all point the way. Continue reading
It would be good to think that the toxic culture that currently pervades too many of our schools is coming to an end. I sense we have a way to go; there are still a lot of different practices that need to be replaced; it’ll take time, courage and wisdom. The costs in terms of people lost from the profession and the waste of money on things that don’t work or matter can no longer be afforded. Continue reading