Has Ofsted listened to its critics?

Ofsted will publish a new framework tomorrow setting out major changes in the way it will inspect schools. Tes reports.

During its largest ever consultation, the inspectorate set out plans to focus more on the curriculum, extend the length of short inspections to two days and have an inspector arrive at a school at a morning’s notice to begin planning.

But how much will have changed as a result of the feedback and criticism Ofsted has received since its plans were first published?

Inspectors arriving at short notice could be scrapped

Chief inspector Amanda Spielman said this proposal would allow the preparation for inspection to move beyond data and be shaped by a conversation with school leaders.

However, the idea has been roundly criticised by the sector as being a move towards no-notice inspection and Ms Spielman has already indicated that it could be dropped if it causes more problems than it solves.

EBacc and GCSE concerns

Ofsted has said that its inspectors will look to see whether schools that run a longer GCSE and a two-year key stage three are narrowing their curriculum.The inspectorate also said it would assess what schools were doing to meet the government’s EBacc targets.

Both these ideas have attracted the same criticism – that they risk undermining a school’s right to decide what is best for its pupils.

It will be interesting to see if Ofsted has softened its stance on either idea.

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