New OFSTED Handbook

Scenes From The Battleground

I have just found the latest version of the OFSTED handbook available here.

There are some changes that may reflect recent concerns expressed on this blog and a change in the educational mood. All new additions are highlighted in yellow (according to the site, maintained by Heather Leatt, I linked to above).

We have some acknowledgement that schools may have a very different ethos:

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We have clearer statements about what should be expected from teachers in lesson observations, more in tune with what Sir Michael Wilshaw said here (the disparity between Wilshaw’s words and inspectors’ practice I’ve been kicking up a fuss about for several months).

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There are several references to “knowledge” as an outcome of schooling. Here is just one example of this:

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A similar addition has been made to the grade descriptor for “good”. Outstanding behaviour now involves “a thirst for knowledge”.  Most noticeable of all…

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