New standards for pupils working below the national curriculum – Friday 25 May 2018

This week I report on the publication of new pre-key stage standards for pupils working below Key Stages 1 and 2, updated guidance on what maintained schools and academies must publish on their websites and trials of new lesson observation models that could form part of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework from September 2019.

New standards for pupils working below the national curriculum
New pre-key stage standards were published yesterday by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA), ahead of being rolled out in 2018/19. They are to be used mainly for pupils with special educational needs not working at the level of the national curriculum and will test subject-specific ability. The P-scale will continue for those pupils working below pre-key stage standards.

For Year 6 pupils and Year 2 pupils, a school may administer the Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 1 test but can still “assess the pupil against the pre-key stage standards” if they feel it is “more appropriate”, the STA document explains.

What schools must publish online
The DfE has updated the information that maintained schools and academies must publish on their websites.

Ofsted considering its options on lesson observation
Ofsted published a report earlier this week confirming that lesson observation is a “fundamental part of inspection that deserves focused attention” but must “keep pace” with “significant developments” seen in international practice in recent years.

Ofsted is evaluating six international models to see how these best fit into a lesson observation model that is fit for purpose in supporting inspector judgements. During this summer and autumn terms they will be carrying out trials to test these models and the outcomes of this will feed into the 2019 education inspection framework.