New Ofsted framework changes confirmed for September 2015

Ofsted has recently announced plans to change its inspection criteria as part of a number of key reforms.  The inspection handbook and documents were revealed following a launch event for the CIF (common inspection framework). They will apply to Ofsted visits across all establishments, from early years to schools, right through to further education institutions.

The five key judging areas have now been confirmed as:

  • Overall effectiveness
  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Outcomes for pupils

The main changes included adding the word ‘effectiveness’ to the ‘leadership and management’ heading and ‘quality of teaching’ has now been expanded to also include ‘learning and assessment’.  Additionally, what was previously called ‘behaviour and safety’ is now called ‘personal development behaviour and welfare’, and the new title for ‘achievement of pupils’ is ‘outcomes for pupils’

Although many of the new headings were already in use under the existing further education and skills inspection framework, from this September they will apply across the board.  The format of Ofsted inspections will now be the same for educational establishments, making it much easier for parents and students to compare the standards of teaching, resources and facilities across providers.

Pupils’ personal development behaviour and welfare will now become a pertinent area within the Ofsted judging criteria, demonstrating Ofsted’s commitment to this important area of education.  The educational phase before entering the world of work demands a wider breadth of training and skills on top of the usual curriculum.  Ofsted’s changes will call for schools and academies to provide more help for students leaving the educational system to be better equipped with workplace skills and attributes that complement exam results.

Not only will students and parents greatly benefit from the new Ofsted requirements in the longer term, but future employees and employers will too.