Inspection framework consultation

Ofsted has launched a consultation on proposals for changes to the education inspection framework, to take effect from September 2019. Views are sought on the overall changes to the framework as well as on how they will work in practice.

The new framework proposes a shift that will rebalance inspection to make sure that young people are being taught the best of what has been thought and said. Instead of taking exam results and test data at face value, Ofsted will look at how a nursery, school, college or other provider’s results have been achieved – whether they are the result of broad and rich learning, or gaming and cramming. It will aim to call time on practices in the further education and skills sector such as:

  • some colleges offering ‘popular’ courses designed to attract maximum student numbers, rather than those which will lead to a job
  • useful maths and English not being taught to support students’ vocational training
  • apprenticeship providers focusing on quantity rather than quality, meaning young people don’t get the training they need

The consultation is open until 5 April 2019. To read more and to access the consultation, visit the website

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