Supporting your school with effective curriculum design and planning

Ofsted is planning significant changes to the way it inspects schools from September 2019. The proposed 2019 inspection framework will see a shift in focus with pupil outcomes (exam results) no longer being a standalone judgement. Instead, there will be a greater emphasis on how schools are achieving these results with a new, broader ‘quality of education’ judgement.

Is your pupil tracker ready for the upcoming DfE & Ofsted changes?

SIMPLE by Classroom Monitor

Whilst other assessment tools have stood still; over the last 2 years we have been using our decade of school assessment experience to develop a brand-new assessment tool – SIMPLE by Classroom Monitor.

What does this mean for your school?

The new framework and the ‘quality of education’ judgement is based on Ofsted’s major research project on the curriculum. Specifically, inspectors will be wanting to understand if a school is offering a curriculum that is broad, rich and deep, or are they simply teaching to the test?

Under quality of education, we intend to look at 3 different distinct aspects. First the intent – what is it that schools want for all their children? Then the implementation – how is teaching and assessment fulfilling the intent? Finally, the impact – that is the results and wider outcomes that children achieve and the destinations that they go on to.”

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector.

What will Ofsted be inspecting?
Intent – the focus on your school’s curriculum design
  • Your curriculum needs to be central to your school, drive all its activities, and should be reviewed on a regular basis
  • It should enable ALL pupils to experience challenge and recovery from mistakes
  • Contextualise your curriculum with links to resources
  • Systemise your teachers’ thinking through the use of rubrics
Implementation – how your curriculum is leading teaching & learning
  • Assessment is inextricably linked to both your curriculum and your approach to teaching and learning
  • Make sure that subject knowledge and professional development are aligned to your curriculum
  • Pupils’ work should show effort and success, both in and outside lessons, so that they can progress and enjoy learning across the whole curriculum
  • Assessment should draw on a range of evidence of what pupils know, understand and can do across the curriculum; including the impact of literacy and maths skills on outcomes
Impact – understanding and demonstrating the effectiveness of your curriculum
  • What is the rationale for the organisation and delivery of your school’s curriculum?
  • Being able to demonstrate and measure impact, using this understanding to refine the school’s delivery of the curriculum
  • Using evidence to demonstrate progression in knowledge, understanding and skills in individual subjects and across the curriculum
  • Show the impact of the curriculum on the whole student: their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; their mental and physical health and well-being; and their readiness for key points of transition

To see first hand how SIMPLE by Classroom Monitor can support your school in improving and demonstrating ‘quality of education’, book your 1-2-1 demonstration and be 2019 inspection ready!

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