Structure and function of the science curriculum: key insights from Ofsted’s research review

12 October 2021

Ofsted have published a presentation from Jasper Green HMI, the subject lead for science, on the structure and function of the science curriculum. Click here to view or download the…

Book Review: Taking Control 2

11 September 2021

 ‘This invaluable handbook equips you and your school with the tools and know-how to prepare for your next inspection with confidence.’ Overall impression The book is a no nonsense straight-talking…

Ofsted – school inspection handbooks updated

29 June 2021

On 28th June, Ofsted published their updated school inspection handbooks which will come into force in September 2021. The summary of changes includes: the COVID-19 ‘transitional period’.how Ofsted will evaluate…

Ofsted: Geography research review published

17 June 2021 Ofsted has published the fifth in a series of reviews into different subjects across the curriculum, and the latest looks at geography.    Click here to access the research review.…

Ofsted review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges

10 June 2021

Ofsted was asked by the government to carry out a rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. They were asked to report on the following:  Safeguarding and curriculumMulti-agency…

Challenges facing small school headteachers

6 June 2021 Ofsted has published a new video from Mike Sheri​​dan​​ ​(Regional Director, London) ​who discusses how Ofsted understands the challenges that small primary schools face and emphasises the importance of the 90-minute…

New national director for Ofsted

1 June 2021

Sean Harford, Ofsted's current national director, will be retiring at the end of August 2021. Chris Russell is currently Ofsted’s regional director for the south east, having previously held the…

Ofsted’s RE research review published

24 May 2021

Ofsted has identified the key principles of teaching a ‘high-quality’ religious education (RE) curriculum in its latest research review. Reporting in Schools Week, James Carr has summarised the key pieces of advice. 1.…

Spielman: Catch-up might take 3 years

21 May 2021

In an interview with Will Hazell, Education Correspondent at 'i', Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Ofsted, said that providing catch-up would be the work of years. Asked how long schools would…

Ofsted blog: Geography in outstanding primary schools.

15 May 2021

Iain Freeland HMI, Ofsted's subject lead for geography, has written a report following 23 geography subject inspections in outstanding primary schools. The strengths include: Overall, curriculum planning was well thought through, and…

Ofsted blog: Languages in outstanding primary schools

5 May 2021

Michael Wardle HMI, subject lead for languages, has written a report following languages subject inspections in 24 primary schools rated as outstanding, which were chosen at random. You can access the…

Ofsted: Research review series – science

4 May 2021

John Roberts, in TES reports that Ofsted has identifies the principles it says underpin a quality science education.  Through a study of existing research and literature, Ofsted says it has identified…