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Cultural capital and curriculum: will OFSTED’s new framework encourage better education in our schools?

Michael Young. OFSTED’s decision to revise their Inspection Framework to give less emphasis to pupil outcomes and more to the curriculum and ‘the substance of education’ was largely welcomed by the teaching profession. However, implementing such a change was always

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When it comes to Ofsted’s judgments about school inclusion, context is everything

 Rob Webster. Last week, Schools Week reported on an academy in Dorset that had controversially retained its ‘outstanding’ grade despite Ofsted inspectors’ notes revealing that ‘dozens of pupils leave each year’. The inspection was triggered by concerns over ‘exceptional levels

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Education policy, Special educational needs and psychology

OFSTED’s worst practice – its four-grade scale – undermines the real advances in its new draft framework

Frank Coffield.  Ofsted has just issued a draft inspection framework for consultation which puts the curriculum at its heart. This is a welcome return to what inspectors used to value, namely the curriculum, although some fundamental questions remain, as John

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Ofsted has turned our attention back to what makes a good curriculum. We now need better answers

 John White. Ofsted has begun consulting on a revised draft inspection framework. The inspectorate wants to move away from an over-reliance on results and to focus on how these have been achieved – ‘whether they are the result of broad

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Ofsted’s use of Artificial Intelligence: how smart is it to automate risk assessments?

Melanie Ehren. Ofsted has come under attack for its collaboration with the Behavioural Insights Team for using machine learning to identify failing schools. According to several sources (BBC and Matthew Reynolds), BIT has been trialling machine learning models that can

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