Summer season round-up

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As we head in the direction of autumn I hope you’ve got all managed to get some relaxation and leisure over the summer season and are feeling refreshed for the approaching yr. It’s now two years since I took over as Ofsted’s Nationwide Director for Training. A lot has modified within the meantime. Within the final yr alone now we have welcomed a brand new chief inspector on board and with {that a} recent perspective.

This September marks the twenty fifth anniversary of the formation of Ofsted. At that time, in 1992, the primary chief inspector, Stewart Sutherland, talked about Ofsted being a automobile for enchancment. Our present HMCI, Amanda Spielman, carries on that baton and that’s the driving power of Ofsted immediately.

I had the pleasure of attending the Competition of Training at Wellington Faculty with Amanda over the summer season. She talked concerning the significance of Ofsted’s position and its potential to impact change. Amanda mentioned her plans to broaden the analysis capabilities inside Ofsted and spoke of reviewing how we use the proof we acquire.

She additionally spoke about our survey of the curriculum of early years, colleges and schools, which is the primary analysis challenge of her first yr. The primary set of findings are as a consequence of be printed very quickly. This was additionally the main target of my session on the competition.

Questions on curriculum

The curriculum survey has been warmly welcomed by senior leaders and academic professionals. As soon as now we have the preliminary proof we’ll take a look at whether or not we have to contemplate curriculum extra throughout inspection; this may feed into the brand new inspection framework we’re creating for September 2019.

Our preliminary survey of lots of of faculties, checked out many questions together with:

  • How clear has the federal government been concerning the goals of the curriculum?
  • Has the college made the goals of the curriculum clear?
  • Is the college’s method aligned with nationwide coverage goals?
  • What are lecturers’ goals once they train a topic?
  • Are lecturers’ goals in step with the colleges?
  • Will the educating ship the goals for that topic?

I had the chance to develop the curriculum dialog additional at Bryanston Faculty, Dorset in early June. I gave a chat on the ‘Contributing to World Class’ occasion about how the curriculum is being applied. This lined the influence it has on pupils’ data and understanding. I lived in Dorset throughout my secondary college years and it was good to go to this a part of the nation as soon as extra.

Session finish

In mid-August our session on brief inspections closed. We had loads of very useful responses.

Whereas some commentators, together with Stephen Rollett of ASCL have been supportive of the proposed new method, now we have had a extra combined response from others. Be assured that we’ll hearken to what you’ve got stated and discover a answer to satisfy most wants. We are going to report formally on the session responses by mid-September.

As the brand new tutorial yr unfolds we will probably be publishing our new strategic plan. Amanda, Luke Tryl (our Director, Company Technique) and I will probably be on the highway at varied conferences and occasions to debate what it would imply for Ofsted’s improvement.

Following a Twitter absence, as a consequence of go away, I’m now again to answering your queries and debating points. Questions nonetheless embody the perennial ones round myths, which I’m decided to banish. Please be at liberty to ask away!

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