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Ofsted and the New Framework

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Sally006, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. Sally006

    Sally006 Senior commenter

    Has anyone been “done” with the new framework? Any insight? Ours is pending and we’re getting all sorts of panic stricken directives about what Ofsted want, what we must do, mustn’t do etc. Most of it seems “knee jerk” and bonkers. I welcome any insight from folks who can say what it is really like..
  2. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Yes. It was fine. Don't worry.

    And they don't really 'want' anything.
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  3. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    Back in the Autumn.
    It is bonkers.
    And they wanted lots of stuff they never used to and refused point blank to look at data (even the statutory data).
  4. Sally006

    Sally006 Senior commenter

    I’m the Maths lead so anticipate the usual grilling - not so this time? We had a dip in results so I was sure there would be questions. All sounding very weird.
  5. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Extremely likely they will look at maths as one of the ‘deep dives’.
  6. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    It will depend to a degree on who does the inspection. Have a look on twitter to get a feel for things. There are a few horror stories out there as usual. Overall Ofsted view probably depends on a few things outside your control anyway.

    Mention "curriculum" a lot, "knowledge" at every opportunity, and speak confidently about why you teach things in the order that you do... Dropping in "cognitive load theory" might help. That's very popular at the moment.
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  7. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    This sort of thing makes me laugh. Ask them what they think caused it and how you would go about identifying any causal factors.
  8. Sally006

    Sally006 Senior commenter

    Never heard of that one! The buzz word in our MAT is “metacognition”. Why can’t we speak plainly and call it “thinking skills”?
    agathamorse likes this.
  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Yep we had it...

    They want to see that staff are following the policies as laid out by the SLT/MAT chain ... the SLT will have to justify that policy but as long as the teachers are following that policy then no worries.

    They want to see that if a group is targeted by the school (DA, EAL, boys etc) then teachers are acting accordingly.

    So a school I know of got outstanding when their marking policy is to not mark. Our policy is books are marked every two weeks so Ofsted gave us good for that ... were staff following policy.
    agathamorse likes this.
  10. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Ofsted have zero interest in being challenged. They are there to reach a judgement on the school. Playing silly games with them in time-wasting and unprofessional.
  11. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    It's absolutely essential that you don't giggle when the OFSTED Inspector arrives in your classroom:

  12. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    It is the most important question if improvements are to be made as Sally, the OP, anticipates. If it cannot be answered, the whole thing is a house of cards and she has to hope the things she suggests will be accepted.
  13. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Maybe Coronavirus will put paid to Inspections for a while.
    Every cloud.....
  14. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    @magic surf bus is that the Winchester cathedral diver? He was the great uncle of a friend of mine. Extraordinary story.
  15. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    [Edit] Yes it is, having just done an image search for Winchester Cathedral Diver.
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