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Ofsted's Chief Inspector discussed the new education inspection framework and what it means for physical education and sport.

Amanda Spielman delivered a key note speech about the new Ofsted framework at the Youth Sport Trust Conference in March 2019.

Below are some of the key things she mentioned:

We propose a new quality of education judgement to capture the most important aspects of curriculum intent, implementation and impact. The judgement still recognises the importance of outcomes, but in the context of how they are achieved. Inspectors will take a rounded view of the quality of education that all children get across the whole range, including every kind of advantage and disadvantage. We'll continue to look at teaching, assessment, attainment and progress, much as we do now, but through the lens of the curriculum implementation and impact.

We won't grade intent, implementation and impact separately, individually. Instead, inspectors will reach a single graded judgement for the quality of education, drawing on the totality of the evidence they have gathered, using their professional judgement. It will be important to consider intent, implementation and impact in the context of physical education. As for, all other subjects, PE subject leads will need to think about their curriculum. The most fundamental question of all is: What do you want pupils to know and to be able to do?

The new framework, which is described as an evolution rather than a revolution, aims to tilt the focus of our inspections slightly away from performance data and more towards the real substance of education, seen through the lens of the curriculum. In this way, we hope to get back to discussing not just the results a school or college has achieved but how they have achieved them. We want to make sure inspections are professional dialogues between school leaders and inspectors about what matters to children. What are they being taught and how? How are they being set up to succeed in the next stage of their lives?

A key principle of the new framework is to shift inspection back to where it belongs – complementing published performance data, rather than putting pressure on providers to deliver ever higher numbers. Because it matters how results are achieved. Achieved in the right way, they reflect a great education. Achieved in the wrong way, they can give a false sense of assurance that children have achieved and can move on. Leaving them ill-prepared for the next stage of their lives – any employer or university will tell you that.

Inspectors will look to see what the school does to help pupils keep physically and mentally healthy and maintain an active lifestyle. Are pupils getting ample opportunities to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities? These are the kinds of conversations we'll be having, and for evidence, we'll look, for example, at the range, quality and take-up of extra-curricular activities offered.

The full keynote speech can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/amanda-spielman-at-the-youth-sport-trust-2019-conference

 

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