Ofsted sets out details of its education inspection framework

8 August 2019

Earlier this year, Ofsted launched a consultation seeking views on proposals for changes to the education inspection framework (EIF) from September 2019.

It has now published details of the replies it received together with the final framework, EIF handbooks and a report on inspecting the curriculum.

These can all be accessed at www.gov.uk.

The changes Ofsted has made, taking account of the feedback it received, relate to the inspection of registered early years provision, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and further education (FE) and skills providers.

In total, it received more than 15,000 responses to the consultation while it also ran 250 pilots in early years providers, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and FE and skills providers.

“The core proposals set out in the consultation – those relating to the proposed changes to the framework and key judgement areas – received an extremely positive response,” Ofsted noted.

More than three-quarters of respondents supported the introduction of all new key judgements: quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, and personal development.

In addition, respondents to the formal consultation overwhelmingly supported the proposal to introduce a new “quality of education” key judgement for all remits.

According to Ofsted, this will focus on what is intended to be learned through the curriculum, how well it is taught and assessed, and the impact it has on learners.

While greater recognition will be given to education providers’ work to support the personal development of learners, there will also be more focus on behaviour and whether providers create an environment in which learners are able to learn.