13 September 2017
Tony Powell, consulting educationist, looks at the resurgence in the importance of the curriculum. Prior to January 2012, the curriculum was evaluated and graded separately by Ofsted within the broader section on: “How effective is the provision?”, which also contained teaching and care, guidance and support. This was ended at the request of the Secretary of State, Michael Gove, who thought that the evaluation schedule had become too complicated. Clearly, the Ofsted leadership did not want inspectors to ignore the curriculum because in the new schedule the judgment was not dropped but relocated into leadership and management.