Are curriculum intent statements really for schools, pupils or for Ofsted? Either way more schools are adopting what critics describe as a box-ticking exercise to please Ofsted and meet the demands of the inspectorate’s new framework: ‘The same is true of the other bullet points. Any headteacher can write a statement saying that their curriculum is carefully sequenced or that pupils study the full curriculum, but the proof of the pudding is, as they say, in the eating. Inspectors will, understandably, overlook any such bluff in a statement and want to see the reality of what happens in school. Or worse, they’ll use a poorly written or ill-thought-through statement to judge a school against its own expectations. Nobody wants to be found wanting in such circumstances. The schools that have written such statements for every subject have only created more waffle for inspectors to gloss over. Will every teacher read and take on board each of those different intent statements and use them to guide their planning and teaching? Or will they just sit on the website in the hope that it keeps Ofsted happy? What a waste of valuable time that could have been spent on the real work of ensuring that we design and create the best curriculum for the needs of the children in our schools.’ Michael Tidd is headteacher at Medmerry Primary School in West Sussex. https://www.tes.com/news/troubling-rise-curriculum-intent-statements What do you think?