EEF responds to Ofsted’s inspection framework

The EEF has responded to the consultation on Ofsted’s proposed changes to school inspections. The framework is the first change for inspectors since 2015, and will form the basis of all inspections of schools, early years settings and other institutions from September 2019.

The new framework proposes a shift that seeks to rebalance inspection to focus on what children learn through the curriculum, rather than over-relying on performance data. Ofsted also want to see a single new judgement of “the quality of education” and a move away from data-driven assessments.

The EEF is broadly supportive of the proposed changes, but in its response stresses the importance of distinguishing between types of assessment and data collection that are likely to be worthwhile and others that are not. In addition, it highlights evidence supporting a balanced approach to teaching early reading.

You can read the full response here