On 14th May, the DfE published the new Ofsted framework which will apply from September 2019. This framework sets out Ofsted’s inspection principles and summarises the main judgements that inspectors make.
Summary of how the new framework will affect assessment
School’s use of assessment
To avoid the misuse or overuse of assessments, inspectors will evaluate how assessment is used in the school to support the teaching of the curriculum but not substantially increase teachers’ workloads.
Inspectors will look at whether schools’ collections of attainment or progress data are proportionate , represent an efficient use of school resources, and are sustainable for staff.
Schools using more than two or three data collection points a year should have clear reasoning for what interpretations and actions are informed by the frequency of collection.
If a school’s assessment system for data collection is disproportionate, ineffective or unsustainable for staff, inspectors will reflect this in their reporting.
On 4th April 2019, the DfE published a new strategy to develop and embed technology within schools. In the document, Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, stated:
“I believe technology can be an effective tool to help reduce teacher workload, increase efficiencies, engage students and communities, and provide tools to support excellent teaching and raise student attainment.” – Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education
On 25th February 2019, the DfE announced that from September 2020 all Primary and Secondary school children will be taught about mental wellbeing – with a clear focus on the link between physical and mental health.
To ensure a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing is being taken, the DfE is offering funding training for senior mental health leads.
On 16th January 2019, the DfE launched a consultation on proposals on how Ofsted inspects schools to take effect from September 2019. The new framework proposes to rebalance inspections to ensure children are receiving a rich and broad curriculum at every stage of their education from early years to higher education.
revised framework to focus inspections on what children learn through the curriculum, rather than over-reliance on performance data
proposals will call time on the culture of ‘teaching to the test’
introduction of a new behaviour judgement to give parents reassurance that behaviour is good