Understanding the new Ofsted Inspection Framework Get to grips with the main changes in the new Ofsted inspection regime, such as ‘limiting judgements’, the new SEF, proportionate inspections, and increased classroom observation.
Mike Baker gets Rob Hubbleday HMI, one of the Ofsted team who introduced the new Framework, to clarify the key changes. And he visits two schools to find out how the new approach actually works: Calthorpe Park Secondary in Fleet and St Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Winchester.
For teachers, the new Inspection Framework means increased observation. For pupils, parents and staff, the focus on community means inspection questionnaires. There’s ‘limiting judgements’, where judgements on achievement, safeguarding, equality and discrimination can bring down the school’s overall effectiveness score. And standby for a shorter SEF or self-evaluation form. Plus the new Framework introduces ‘Proportionate Inspection’, with up to five years between inspections depending on a school’s performance.