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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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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

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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OFSTED: we need a brand new model, not just a re-spray

Frank Coffield.  In September 2019 Ofsted will introduce a new Framework of Inspection and it has already begun to work on revising the current version. That timescale and the arrival of a new Chief Inspector offer the chance of change,

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Schools: how did ‘accountability’ become a synonym for punishment and control? And can we change its meaning?

Melanie Ehren.  Educational accountability, as defined in scholarly work, simply means the extent to which schools or other institutions are held accountable for their behaviour and performance by others. Answerability for performance is at the core of this relationship, where

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