This September sees the launch of Ofsted’s new inspection framework. So, what changes will schools notice and what will inspectors be looking for? We decided to cut through the myths and speculation and ask Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, herself about the shift in emphasis towards looking at the quality of curriculum in England’s schools. An essential listen for anyone in primary education.
Posts tagged: Curriculum
Episode 8 of The Curriculum podcast provides an introduction to teaching children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), and fundamental British values (FBV). We cover what those things mean, their impact on children’s learning, and how schools can make sure they cover the requirements set out by Ofsted.
Last week Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director of Education, spoke about Ofsted’s plans for inspection. He said Ofsted would increasingly look for evidence of ‘strategic decision-making’ in a school’s curriculum design, something that was likely to be part of a new inspection framework in September 2019. In his speech, Harford stated that leaders would… Read more
With children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and fundamental British values (FBV) being required to be at the heart of a school’s work, we’ve developed SMSC and FBV subject-leader checklists to help schools using the Cornerstones Curriculum identify and evidence opportunities for both. A school may decide to audit one subject at a… Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) states that schools must prepare children for ‘life in Britain’. Part of that requirement includes promoting ‘fundamental British values’ (FBV), which might seem daunting at first. But there’s no need to worry. At Cornerstones, we’ve got it covered. How do Ofsted define FBV? Understanding FBV isn’t as tricky as you… Read more
In today’s blog post, guest writer John Dabell looks at the importance of learning outside the classroom and how outdoor learning can benefit both children and teachers alike. There is nothing better than an empty classroom. Most teachers love an empty classroom. It’s probably the best part of being a teacher, in fact – no… Read more