The results of a consultation on Ofsted’s new education inspection arrangements have been revealed.
The new inspection regime will take effect from September and will focus on the curriculum, pupil development and behaviour.
In a report, Ofsted says that inspections will ensure that learners are receiving a quality education that will put them on the path to success.
Also, inspectors will be spending less time looking at test data and exam results and more time looking at how schools, nurseries, colleges and other education providers are achieving their results.
Ofsted says they want to ensure the outcome of a rich and broad curriculum and ‘real learning’.
Publication follows a three-month public consultation
The publication follows a three-month public consultation which led to 15,000 responses, the highest number Ofsted says it has ever received.
Of those responses, more than three quarters gave strong support for the headline proposal for a quality of education judgement.
The same proportion also supported plans for the introduction of two new key judgements that will help evaluate learners’ ‘behaviour and attitudes’.
That will be done separately from their ‘personal development’.
Now, the behaviour and attitude judgement will see inspectors assess whether school leaders are creating an ‘orderly and calm environment’ where bullying is effectively tackled when it occurs.
Participation in music, sports and extracurricular activities
The personal development judgement will be used to recognise the work that the early years’ providers, colleges and schools are doing to build on a pupil’s confidence and resilience in later life through participation in music, sports and extracurricular activities.
Ofsted says that these changes will make it easier for inspectors to reward and recognise early years’ providers, colleges and schools that do their best for pupils, particularly when they are working in ‘challenging circumstances’.
Ofsted is also highlighting that schools will be actively discouraged from any negative practice such as ‘off-rolling’ where a pupil is removed from the school roll for its best interest rather than for the pupil’s interest.
Judged as ‘inadequate’ under the new inspection arrangements
Schools found to be off-rolling will be finding that their leadership and management are judged as ‘inadequate’ under the new inspection arrangements.
Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, said: “I’m very grateful to those who took time to respond in what was the largest ever consultation we’ve undertaken.
“The new framework puts the substance of education at the heart of inspections and supports teachers and leaders who act with integrity.”
She added that hopes are high that early years’, colleges and schools will no longer feel that they have to generate and also analyse lots of internal data for inspection.
Ms Spielman explained: “Instead, we want them to be spending their time teaching and make a real difference to children’s lives, which is why they’ve entered the profession.”
In addition to forcing improvement through inspections, Ofsted says it wants to provide parents with the assurances they are looking for and help leaders and teachers to excel at what they do.
Ofsted has published its framework and inspection handbooks that will be used from September across all education inspections.