New Ofsted Framework 2019 – Zoe’s View- updated

We’ve been talking about the new Ofsted framework for 2019 for so long that now it’s here, the description of ‘new’ seems wildly inappropriate.

So why the big change?

Well, Ofsted felt that there had been some narrowing of the curriculum.  Consequently, not all children were benefiting from high quality learning opportunities in all subjects.

In addition, they’d mentioned schools turning into exam factories and, to be fair, actually did some research to back up their findings.  The new buzzwords are curriculum intent and cultural capital.

What prompted the new Ofsted framework?

Ofsted found that many schools adopted a tick-box approach for foundation subjects, simply checking off NC objectives.  Instead, they wanted to see a clear progression of skills, consistently taught, throughout the school.

In the same report, they mentioned the importance of staff subject knowledge. Although I hope they noted that being an expert in 13 subjects and simultaneously finding time to teach them all in depth is quite a challenge!

Ofsted found that sound subject knowledge promoted depth of coverage and effective content sequencing.

Importantly, strong subject knowledge also often resulted in a higher overall curriculum quality score.  This was because inspectors noticed its impact on curriculum design and pupils’ knowledge, skills,  understanding and presumably, improvement in their cultural capital.

We’ve put together key information so you can share it with staff in a presentation.   You can download it in either PDF or PowerPoint here.




What’s in the new Ofsted framework?

Ofsted released a draft version of the new inspection framework last week. You can read it in full (if you need something to help you get to sleep!) OR skim through my easy-to-understand summary :

In the 2019 Ofsted framework, there is lots of focus on ensuring learners are taught all subjects across the curriculum and that teachers, supported by school leaders, have the subject knowledge to teach and assess these effectively.

Here are the five headers of the new Ofsted framework with a brief overview of what they cover:

Quality of education

  • Intent: Curriculum is ambitious and gives all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life; curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced; same ambitions for all learners; learners study full curriculum.
  • Implementation: Teachers have good subject knowledge with support from leaders; teachers present subjects clearly and identify misconceptions; taught to remember in the long term; use assessment effectively; environment, resources and materials all conducive to positive learning; rigorous teaching of reading, mentioning reading for pleasure and phonics.
  • Impact: Effective learning across the curriculum (where relevant, this is reflected in test results; learners ready for next phase in life; learner read widely).

Behaviour and attitudes

  • High expectations; positive attitudes: show resilience
  • High attendance and punctual
  • Positive, respectful relationships: learners feel safe

Personal development

  • Curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational
  • Curriculum covers pupil wellbeing
  • Prepares learners for next steps
  • Prepares them for life in modern Britain – British values

Leadership and Management

  • Clear, ambitious vision
  • Improve staff’s subject, pedagogical and pedagogical content knowledge
  • Aim to ensure all learners finish school: avoid off-rolling
  • Engage with learners and community
  • Engage with staff- help manage workload
  • Protect staff from bullying
  • Governors: have clear vision and hold leaders to account; ensure fulfilling statutory duties
  • Effective and comprehensive safeguarding procedure

Arrangement for different types of provision

(This section mainly links to other guidance)

  • Early Years
  • Non-Association Independent Schools
  • Schools with early years settings
  • Schools with sixth forms
  • Settings with residential and boarding provision
  • Further education and skills provision

Zoe’s Takeaways

While reading the new Ofsted framework (so you don’t have too..), the five key takeaways I got from it are:

  1. Children must be accessing the full curriculum
  2. Teacher subject knowledge should be secure in each subject
  3. There should be clear progression in each subject
  4. Staff and pupil wellbeing should be prioritised
  5. Reading skills and enjoyment are of great importance

How Kapow Primary Can Help With Ofsted’s new framework

Here at Kapow Primary, we’re in a great position to help you, your colleagues and your school to teach a broad and balanced curriculum because we specialise in Computing, Art and Design, D&T, Languages, Music and Wellbeing.   And we offer exactly the kind of support and guidance that Ofsted is looking for.

Our team of top primary subject specialists can help you develop the skills and knowledge to teach specialist subjects with confidence.  You’ll find that our bite-sized video resources are easy-to-understand and bring to life innovative teaching skills that will empower you to inspire the progress of your children, by showing you how a specialist teaches: view this example in one of our popular computing lessons.

Our subject specialists have constructed  sequences of lesson plans and curriculum plans to ensure progression in our foundation subjects across KS1 and KS2.  These may save you from reinventing a few wheels, but they are easy to adapt to any topic or theme taught in your school.

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Once you’re a member of the Kapow Community, you’ll have 24/7 access to all the best specialist lesson plans and 100’s of demo videos, showing you how experts teach a lesson and thousands of other primary school resources.

Free subject leader toolkits

If you are a subject leader or coordinator, click to download handy toolkits, providing extra support for leading the teaching and progression of skills in the following subjects:

Our teaching resources will not only develop your teaching skills, but also  save you a shed load of time planning lessons and hunting for resources, so you can focus on doing what you do best while also meeting and fulfilling the new Ofsted framework for 2019.

This blog post has been written by experienced KS2 teacher Zoe.