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SACRE and OFSTED questions

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by SteveWoodhouse, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse New commenter

    A couple of questions for those in the know.
    I'm currently looking at this new book from Pearson:
    http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Secondary/ReligiousEducationandCitizenship/11-14/GetReadyforEdexcelGCSEReligiousStudies/GetReadyforEdexcelGCSEReligiousStudies.aspx
    Looks like a good idea to me. But will I be able to justify it as supporting my Locally Agreed Syllabus? I'm in Wakefield, BTW. The LAS is here:
    http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/84CBD62B-E1A3-4875-AEFB-3C3A413956B6/0/01_Agreed_Syllabus_main_document.pdf
    Secondly, I've heard from two sources that OFSTED are no longer interested on reporting on whether or not a school provides the 1 hour per week of RE for pupils. Is this correct? Is it equally true of a subject inspection as for a whole-school inspection?
    Cheers.
    Steve W
     
  2. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse New commenter

    A couple of questions for those in the know.
    I'm currently looking at this new book from Pearson:
    http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Secondary/ReligiousEducationandCitizenship/11-14/GetReadyforEdexcelGCSEReligiousStudies/GetReadyforEdexcelGCSEReligiousStudies.aspx
    Looks like a good idea to me. But will I be able to justify it as supporting my Locally Agreed Syllabus? I'm in Wakefield, BTW. The LAS is here:
    http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/84CBD62B-E1A3-4875-AEFB-3C3A413956B6/0/01_Agreed_Syllabus_main_document.pdf
    Secondly, I've heard from two sources that OFSTED are no longer interested on reporting on whether or not a school provides the 1 hour per week of RE for pupils. Is this correct? Is it equally true of a subject inspection as for a whole-school inspection?
    Cheers.
    Steve W
     
  3. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse New commenter

    Anyone?
    Steve W
     
  4. Steve,
    We have been through both inspections in the last year and neither time did OFSTED ask about RE. It wasn't mentioned in the write up either. I have reached the decision that OFSTED see the responsibility of RE as being with the SACRE and not them!
    RE is not being taught at my school.
    Hope this helps.

     
  5. I wonder if things have changed now, though, with SMSC being flagged up so strongly on the Ofsted list.
     
  6. ramaduds

    ramaduds New commenter

    We were Ofsteded in 2010 and there was a huge focus in Humanities. It was mainly RS lessons they observed, but probably because of timetabelling.
    They also watched an RS lesson for 1 hour with a emphasis on Cross-Curricular Literacy. This emphasis was unknown to the teacher.
    SMSC is massively important in the new framework and seems to be an area within RS (kind of as the Hub) with it bridging out into many areas of school life - assemblies, pastoral, curriculum etc...
     
  7. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse New commenter

    Cheers. As ever the situation remains as clear as mud.
    Anyone any ideas about my first question - will the 'Get Ready for GCSE RS' be a legitimate thing to teach in light of the LAS?
    Steve W
     
  8. Have you seen http://smsc.opeus.org - we've published lots of useful information relating to SMSC.

    There's news, books, websites, doc etc - plus a few articles....

    SMSC Co-ordinators - Why? What? Who?
    SMSC Audit Checklist
    Ofsted Guidance on SMSC
    What is SMSC?

    Thanks

    Dan
     
  9. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse New commenter

    Even in a departmental inspection (as opposed to a whole school inspection)?
    Steve W
     
  10. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse New commenter

    Cheers - that sort of answers it.
    So,if a school doesn't teach 1 hour a week, that'll be fine as long as they can 'fully explain' themselves.
    Hmm.
    Steve W
     
  11. Just spoke to my LEA advisor and he has been working with a few inspectors and apparantly all lessons have to show some aspect of SMSC within them. Not strictly related to RE i know, but as Tesco's keep reminding us, every little helps!
    S
     

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