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Ofsted Inspection - Framework September 2015

  • Added privacy notice information
  • Updated ‘Inspection of religious education and collective worship’ section (in annex)
  • Updated ‘Clarification for schools/Ofsted inspection myths' document
  • Added new information in 'Evidence for inspection section' about attainment
  • Added new sections on performance management, safeguarding, and the curriculum


Key Inspection Documents

Common Inspection Framework: Education, Skills and Early Years from September 2015
School Inspection Handbook - Section 5 (Updated September 2018)
Short Inspection Handbook 2015 - Section 8 (Updated April 2018)
Inspecting Registered Early Years Providers: Guidance for Inspectors (New version April 2018)
Inspecting Local Authority Children's Services from 2018 (Updated April 2018)
Inspecting Safeguarding Early Years, Education and Skills (2018)
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018)


Update - Autumn 2017

Updates for schools on the Herts for Learning website:

Coasting schools 2017

Details of the criteria for determining whether a school is coasting in 2017. To be deemed as coasting a school must have failed to meet the standards in each of the last three years.

The criteria levels for being classed as coasting, for attainment and progress remain the same.

Primary Schools:

  • In 2015: fewer than 85% of pupils achieved a level 4 in reading, writing and maths and below the national median percentage of pupils achieving expected progress in reading, writing and maths.
  • In each of 2016 and 2017: fewer than 85% of pupils achieved the “expected standard” (a scaled score of at least 100 in reading and maths and “working at the expected standard” in the writing teacher assessment) and pupils’ average progress was less than –2.5 in reading, –2.5 in maths or –3.5 in writing.

Secondary schools:

  • In 2015: fewer than 60% of pupils achieved 5 A*-C at GCSE (including English and maths) and less than the national median percentage of pupils achieved expected progress in both English and maths.
  • In 2016 and 2017 their progress 8 score was below –0.25.


Update - January 2017

Sean Harford HMI, National Director, Education, says that detailed and elaborate marking is not required by inspectors and there is little research evidence to suggest that it has any significant impact on promoting pupils’ achievement. Check out the Section 5 School Inspection Handbook paragraph 28 for clarity.

Governors are all entitled to know in confidence the provisional outcome of an inspection, whether they have attended the feedback meeting or not. Similarly, when the draft report is shared with the school, all governor representatives are entitled to see the report, along with relevant senior personnel as determined by the school.

As part of induction to staff new to a school whether an NQT or not, the up to date child protection and staff behaviour policies (sometimes called code of conduct) should be made available together with a copy of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. In addition, they should have clear guidance about the role of the designated safeguarding lead.

Source: School Inspection Update November 2016


Update - September 2016

The changes to the various Ofsted documents are minimal this time round. The Section 5 and Section 8 School inspection handbooks have been re-issued and schools must now comply with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ which was issued last term.

The changes to the handbooks include:

  • information about online surveys of staff and pupils
  • changes to the ‘outcomes’ grade descriptors to take account of the changes to assessment and accountability
  • changes to governor involvement in inspection, to take account of, for example, local governing bodies in multi-academy trusts

In addition:

  • schools judged to be good at inspection since September 2015, may now go into their fourth year before re-inspection

In ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’:

  • staff are now required not only to sign to say that they have read the various safeguarding policies but that they understand the implications for them in their work
  • there must be at least annual updates for staff on safeguarding and child protection
  • there is a specific reference to the need for on-line safety

Other aspects

  • there is a new assessment tool for pupils who speak English as an additional language
  • the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile will remain statutory for at least another year
  • from 1st September, all governors must be subject to an enhanced DBS check

From 3rd October to 25th November 2016, all schools inspected will be asked questions about admissions and attendance.


Changes to the Ofsted inspection requirements from Sept 2015

There were significant changes to the way Ofsted inspects early years provision, schools and further education and skills from September 2015. These include:

  • the introduction of a common inspection framework (CIF) for all early years settings on the Early Years Register, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and further education and skills providers. The common inspection framework will provide more consistency and comparability across the settings. There will be a handbook for each area which will apply the principles of the framework to the needs and expectations of different phases of education and training.
  • short inspections for maintained schools, academies and further education and skills providers that were judged good at their last full inspection. These short inspections will be conducted approximately every 3 years.
  • significant changes to Ofsted’s inspection workforce. From September 2015, inspection will no longer be outsourced and instead Ofsted will contract directly with inspectors for maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools and further education and skills inspections.

The new inspection framework has greater emphasis on some areas including:

  • The impact of leaders’ work in developing and sustaining an ambitious culture and vision in the school;
  • a broad and balanced curriculum;
  • Safeguarding, which will be central to every inspection;
  • Pupils’ outcomes, with inspectors giving most weight to the progress of pupils in the school rather than attainment and nationally published data
  • There will be a new judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare. This will include a focus on pupils’ self-confidence and self-assurance as learners and their pride in achievement, the impact which behaviour has on outcomes and the choices which pupils make about their future.