Ofsted Publish New Framework for September 2012 with significant changes
Ofsted have published the revised Framework for School Inspection and this will be in use from September 2012. There are key changes to the process and the judgements from the Framework that has been in existence from January if this year.
Key Reporting Areas
These stay the same:
- achievement of pupils at the school
- the quality of teaching in the school
- the behaviour and safety of pupils at the school
- the quality of leadership in, and management of, the school.
In addition inspectors will also consider the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and the extent to which the school meets the needs of all pupils.
Key Changes – to be implemented from September
- schools cannot be judged as ‘outstanding’ for overall effectiveness unless they have ‘outstanding’ teaching
- an ‘acceptable’ standard of education is defined as a ‘good’ standard of education
- a school that is not yet ‘good’, but that is not judged ‘inadequate’, is a school that ‘requires improvement’
- a school that is ‘inadequate’ overall and that requires significant improvement, but where leadership and management are not ‘inadequate’, is a school with serious weaknesses
- a school that is ‘inadequate’ overall, and where leadership and management are also ‘inadequate’, is a school requiring special measures
- schools that are judged as ‘requires improvement’ will normally be monitored and re-inspected within a period of two years; the timing of the re-inspection will reflect the individual school’s circumstances and will be informed by what inspectors find at the monitoring visits
- if a school is judged as ‘requires improvement’ at two consecutive inspections and is still not ‘good’ at a third inspection, it is likely to be deemed ‘inadequate’ and to require special measures
- inspectors will normally contact the school by telephone during the afternoon of the working day prior to the start of a section 5 inspection
- inspectors will evaluate the robustness of performance management arrangements, and consider whether there is an appropriate correlation between the quality of teaching in a school and the salary progression of the school’s teachers.
Changes to the Judgement Criteria
There are significant changes to the Judgement Criteria in the evaluation Schedule. There are alterations to all the judgements for all the areas. Satisfactory no longer exists and is replaced by “Requires Improvement.”
Sources of further information
The Evaluation Schedule and Conducting the Inspection have been merged into new single document called The School Inspection Handbook. http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/school-inspection-handbook-september-2012
Read Ofsted Schools and Inspection Newsletter No 22 http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/schools-and-inspection-july-2012
Training courses on the revised Framework, including the use of data for Inspection, will be running in a number of locations during the Autumn Term.
Details of venues and dates are available here
We also offer mock inspections and SEF writing services. Again details are available on the website or contact Louise on 0844 963 2242 or Terry Rollings on 07917080205