Ofsted fall out

The announcement that full Ofsted inspections will not be required for all good and better schools (the majority) is interesting. It may change some assumptions about the invisible ley lines which exert influence on future practice.

It had seemed (to me) that a major influence affecting the future direction of art education would come, not from the non-existent programme of study, but from the assessment systems schools were required to produce in order to track progress. The way that progress is defined and measured seemed to be the key. Ofsted seemed to be the primary influence on this, because all schools would be assessed on their teaching and the ability to track progress is an essential component of teaching. It had, therefore, seemed that, how progress was defined, assessed and recorded would be derived from Ofsted lesson observation practice, and that this would influence the curriculum and teaching.

This may well still be the case, of course, and SLT will still observe lessons. But it is interesting to speculate on whether, the absence, from the majority of classrooms, of Ofsted inspectors, will loosen the grip of assessment, monitoring and tracking systems on daily practice. Who knows, perhaps it will be possible to take a chance and just paint the daffodils because it is spring and not because it is in the plan.

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Senior Advisor, Art Inspector, Member of the Expert Advisory Group for Art, Consultant working with NSEAD, IOE, QCA, UCE, UOG. Currently lecturer at UCL working on a project in Kazakhstan to develop text books for a new art curriculum.
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