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Curriculum, assessment and inspection


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Sean Harford, Ofsted's National Director, Education, gave this presentation at the University of York in October 2017

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Curriculum, assessment and inspection

  1. 1. Curriculum, assessment and inspection At the University of York Huntington Research School: 20 October 2017 Sean Harford HMI National Director, Education Follow on Twitter: @HarfordSean Curriculum, assessment and inspection Slide 1
  2. 2. Session overview Curriculum, assessment and inspection Slide 2  Curriculum survey work  Developing the new inspection framework  In the meantime…  Questions?
  3. 3. Curriculum survey work Curriculum, assessment and inspection Slide 3  Purposes and principles of the work:  Influence wider thinking – role and importance of the curriculum  Inform and reflect on inspection policy  Inform policy making in Department for Education – influence of national policy levers  Framework for the survey  Intent, implementation and impact at…  National, school and classroom levels  Defining the curriculum…
  4. 4. Working definition of the curriculum ‘The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage (intent); for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation) and for evaluating what knowledge and understanding pupils have gained against expectations (impact).’ Curriculum, assessment and inspection Slide 4
  5. 5. HMCI’s commentary  Education as substance – but importance of testing and qualifications  Support for the new SATs, GCSEs and A Levels – rigour  Symbiosis of these and a good curriculum  Challenge to the inspectorate – recognition of part played  Lack of a common understanding of language – e.g. ‘skills’, ‘themed’, ‘B&B’  Lack of curriculum development training leading to expertise in schools  KS2 narrowing; the point of KS3; KS4 low attainers’ curriculum  What’s next for the survey? Curriculum, assessment and inspection Slide 5
  6. 6. The new framework  Build on the curriculum work  Build on other research work – see the new Ofsted strategy  Allow time to develop and engage with the sectors  Allow time for sectors to adjust, so…  …start in September 2019 Curriculum, assessment and inspection Slide 6
  7. 7. In the meantime, schools need to…  …know their curriculum – design and intent  …know how their curriculum is being implemented  …know what impact their curriculum is having on pupils’ knowledge and understanding  Need for numbers, measures, feedback, marking? Up to the school – best way of ‘knowing’ (not ‘demonstrating’) the above? Curriculum, assessment and inspection Slide 7
  8. 8. Thank you! Curriculum, assessment and inspection Slide 8
  9. 9. Ofsted on the web and on social media Curriculum, assessment and inspection Slide 9