Guidance on the new Ofsted Inspection Framework

To all Local and Negotiating Secretaries in England

cc: National Executive Members (England) and Regional Organisers

Dear Colleagues

A number of colleagues have enquired about information the new Ofsted inspection framework.

There is guidance on the new Ofsted inspection framework on the NASUWT website. There are three key documents for members in schools:

(a)          changes to inspection briefing;

(b)          overview document on inspection (covers what is inspected, how Ofsted inspects and Q&A advice);

(c)          detailed guidance which reference the handbook and include NASUWT advice (this will be useful to representatives and members who want to challenge schools and quote Ofsted, or school leaders who want to establish effective practice).

There is also an online survey about Ofsted inspection on the website. Members should use this to feedback their experiences about inspection to NASUWT. The Union will use the evidence to identify key emerging issues and raise them with Ofsted.

Inspections under the new framework began in early September 2019, so it is still very early days to say how this is working.

However, issues are apparent/emerging on:

·         how inspectors and school leaders interpret the inspection arrangements;

·         particular pressures on curriculum and subject leads particularly in primary schools;

·         whether inspectors are taking account of a school’s context;

·         whether inspectors will take seriously the inspection of workload and wellbeing. It is one of the focuses of Section 8 (previously short inspections);

·         whether the clearer focus on SEND throughout inspection generates workload for SENCOs. Many SENCOs do not have sufficient time for SENCO duties and are not on the leadership team.

Best wishes.

Chris Keates (Ms)

General Secretary (Acting)