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New inspection framework for England published

Ofsted has finalised the details of the Education Inspection Framework (EIF), which will come into force in September 2019. The EIF will replace the current Common Inspection Framework (CIF), and apply to all schools, colleges, further education institutions and early years settings in England.

The judgement areas in the EIF are:

  • Quality of education
  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Personal development
  • Leadership and management

Along with the framework, Ofsted has published a number of sector-specific handbooks, including the Early years inspection handbook for Ofsted registered provision (for providers on the Early Years Register) and the School inspection handbook (for early years settings in schools).

It has also published the outcome of the consultation on the new framework, to which PACEY made a submission following feedback from members.

PACEY will shortly be producing a range of advice and guidance to help members prepare for the inspection changes.

Commenting on the new inspection framework, PACEY’s chief executive, Liz Bayram, said:

“PACEY, like many others in the sector, is supportive of the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), and its renewed focus on quality of education. We hope its reduced focus on outcomes and data will give early years practitioners more time to do what they do best – give children the best start in life – by reducing unnecessary paperwork. 

“We are also pleased to see that many of the key points made in our submission to the consultation have been taken on board by Ofsted, notably concerning the discrepancy between the schools and early years handbooks. The wording around “cultural capital” is an improvement, but we are still concerned that it is liable to be misinterpreted without advice and guidance to settings. We have supported Ofsted’s pilot EIF inspections. These have made it very clear that early years settings are already supporting cultural capital as it is central to how the EYFS is delivered. So our message to all providers is to keep on doing what you are doing well and you won’t need to worry about the EIF.

“Looking forward to implementation in September, we believe the EIF has to be supportive of a wide range of flexible approaches to planning, leading and reviewing. However settings will need advice on how to cut down on their tracking and assessment, and how to feel confident in communicating their expertise around effective curriculum planning, design and implementation to inspectors. This has simply not been a focus of their training to date.

“PACEY will be providing a wide range of advice and support to members and – through its EY smart project – all practitioners. In particular providing case studies and best practice on how settings can communicate how they plan, design and implement the EYFS in their setting to meet the needs of the children they are caring for. You can find out more about EY Smart here.”

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