Category Archives: Ofsted

OK so ‘he’ has gone, but you still may need a policy.

This is just to note that I have been working with Art Express publishers this year to develop a (copyright free) draft policy that enables users of Art Express to simply and easily incorporate the whole Art Express programme into … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Boxes

I worry that there may be no way back now, at least in secondary schools. It seems that, at every level, and in every circumstance, the only response is to create a box to tick. Talking to friends yesterday there … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Remember these?

It is an OHP (Overhead Projector) slide: we used to use them before Powerpoint was invented. I found it while clearing out the other day. The technology might be a thing of the past, but the message isn’t.

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Should we measure internally defined progress, or externally defined standards?

NFER have published a really interesting (short) paper on assessment in the light of the demise of levels, and the rise of norm referenced assessment in core subjects. The recent DfE consultation on assessment and the Ofsted framework both suggest … Continue reading

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Choosing your brick wall

I have been exploring an issue with a friend recently. It is to do with how we respond to the demands by Ofsted and schools for 4 levels of progress through KS3 and beyond. The problem for me is not … Continue reading

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Making a Mark: with luck.

I am just reading Making a Mark (HMI March 2012) which is the latest report about art education in England by my old friend and colleague Ian (otherwise known as HMI). Click hereĀ for a copy. It is so overwhelmingly sensible … Continue reading

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New Ofsted Consultation

“…We propose therefore to focus on these aspects and to consider subject understanding and the use of assessment as key contributory factors in judging the quality of teaching.” The new Ofsted framework is out for consultation. As expected it involves … Continue reading

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DIY Ofsted: New Guidance for Subject Reviews

>On June 9 2010 Ofsted published draft guidance to be used on ‘Subject Survey Visits’. These are subject visits by specialist Ofsted inspectors. The outcome is a letter containing the findings and judgements of the inspector. This letter is published … Continue reading

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