Curriculum will be a central focus of the new Inspection Framework – Friday 21 September 2018

This week I report on Amanda Spielman’s view that the new inspection framework due in September 2019 will have curriculum as a central focus, the publication of the Teachers’ Pay Grant methodology and a new report from the EEF on improving Secondary Science teaching, particularly for disadvantaged pupils.

Curriculum will be ‘central focus’ in new Ofsted framework
Following the findings of Ofsted’s latest curriculum research, HMCI Amanda Spielman has said it’s “imperative” that the curriculum is a central focus of Ofsted’s new framework.  Ofsted has promised to give the curriculum “greater coverage” in its new framework after admitting inspectors have placed “too much weight on test and exam results”.

Teacher Pay Grant methodology released
The DfE has today confirmed teachers’ pay rises for 2018/19 in the finalised version of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document, as well as initial information about how the Teachers’ Pay Grant will be calculated. The grant is designed to help schools cover the pay rise that was announced back in July and the formula uses pupil numbers to calculate the Grant for mainstream schools and capacity for special and alternative provision.

New report from the EEF on improving Secondary Science
The Education Endowment Foundation has published a new report on ‘improving secondary science’, which gives seven recommendations to try out in the classroom.  Sir Kevan Collins, chief executive of the EEF, said he hoped the research will help to boost science teaching, particularly for disadvantaged pupils.