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.