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Ofsted unveils details of new inspection framework

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, has provided new details of planned changes to the way Ofsted inspects schools, colleges, further education institutions and early years settings from September 2019, when the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) will be replaced with the Education Inspection Framework (EIF).

Ofsted is proposing to introduce a new judgement for ‘quality of education’. This will replace the current ‘outcomes for pupils’ and ‘teaching, learning and assessment’ judgements with a broader, single judgement.

The Chief Inspector also announced the three other inspection judgements that Ofsted will consult on:

  • Personal development
  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Leadership and management

The ‘personal development, welfare and behaviour’ judgement in the current framework will be split into two distinct areas. This change recognises the difference between behaviour and discipline in schools, and pupils’ wider personal development and their opportunities to grow as active, healthy and engaged citizens.  An overall effectiveness judgement will continue to be awarded, and all judgements will be made using the current four point grading scale.

A consultation on the new draft framework will be launched in January.

PACEY will be consulting closely with members on the proposed changes, and ensuring their views are represented to Ofsted and the Department for Education (Dfe). If you have any questions or concerns, email the policy team.

Read the transcript of the Chief Inspector’s speech.

Find more information in Ofsted's slides.