Assessment and the new Ofsted framework

On 14th May, the DfE published the new Ofsted framework which will apply from September 2019.  This framework sets out Ofsted's inspection principles and summarises the main judgements that inspectors make.


Summary of how the new framework will affect assessment

School's use of assessment

  • To avoid the misuse or overuse of assessments, inspectors will evaluate how assessment is used in the school to support the teaching of the curriculum but not substantially increase teachers' workloads.
  • Inspectors will look at whether schools' collections of attainment or progress data are proportionate , represent an efficient use of school resources, and are sustainable for staff.
  • Schools using more than two or three data collection points a year should have clear reasoning for what interpretations and actions are informed by the frequency of collection.
  • If a school's assessment system for data collection is disproportionate, ineffective or unsustainable for staff, inspectors will reflect this in their reporting.


Inspectors will not use schools' internal assessment data as evidence

  • Inspectors will put more focus on the curriculum and less on schools' generation, analysis and interpretation of data.  They will be more interested in the conclusions drawn and actions taken from any internal assessment information, but they will not examine or verify that information first hand.
  • Inspectors will ask schools to explain why they have decided to collect whatever assessment data they collection, what they are drawing from their data and how that informs their curriculum and teaching.


Sources of evidence specific to curriculum impact

  • Inspectors will gather evidence of the impact of the quality of education offered by looking at the progress that pupils are making in terms of knowing more, remembering more and being able to do more.


Read the framework in full.



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