OFSTED’s focus on all foundation subjects not just the core is to be welcomed. Less welcome are the unrealistic expectations being placed on often very inexperienced history leaders in primary schools. We need to get a sense of proportion here.
There’s nothing wrong with OFSTED shining a light on important aspects of the curriculum-indeed, I welcome this- but there needs to be a better balance between growing and weighing. Its all very well to critically appraise provision but how are subject leaders being supported both before and after the inspection. That is where this site comes into its own.
What do the first 3 months’ of reports tell us?Although there is even less detail in the new shorter OFSTED reports than in the previous ones, there are still some clear indicators of what OFSTED is expecting-whether they care to admit it or not! Here are...
- Exploration of medium/long term plans for history
- Meetings with history leader(s)
- Observations/Learning Walks (often with the history leader)....