Since school inspections first commenced in 1993, Ofsted has had significant influence over the focus and direction of education in England’s schools.
Last year, Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman announced that the new inspection framework, due for publication in late 2019, would return to the “substance of education” and reward institutions “that are all about education, rather than a numbers game”.
In January 2019, Ofsted launched a consultation process on the new draft inspection framework and handbook for schools. In Nesta’s response to this consultation, we welcome Ofsted’s proposal to move towards a more holistic assessment of education quality which focuses on a broad curriculum and values the personal development of young people.
However, we also recommend that Ofsted: