There has been a lot of coverage recently of OFSTED’s intention to focus more on the quality, range and impact of the curriculum, rather than simply looking at data. Sean Harford recently talked of the 3 Is: Intent, Implementation, Impact. You need to get behind OFSTED’s thinking here, not because you want to please them, heaven forbid!, but because they are talking sense.
When considering what this new focus might mean for you, there are 7 things you can do by way of preparation. All are worth doing, regardless of whether OFSTED comes or not.
- Review what you are currently offering and why, paying particular attention to the rationale for the choices you have made. See examples on the website. OFSTED will not be looking for a a preferred way of delivering the curriculum but they will expect you to have made considered choices and be able to defend your selections. Why have you chosen these famous people at KS1. Why have you chosen that non-Western society to teach at KS2?
- Pay specific attention to issues to do with entitlement and equity. In secondary schools, why have you contracted KS3 to two years? Why have you chosen that exam board