Ofsted and the Curriculum: what you need to know

How then should we teach?

There has been a paradigm shift in curriculum thinking at Ofsted. It began on the 23rd of June 2017 at the Wellington Festival of Education. In a speech entitled ‘enriching the fabric of education’, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Amanda Speilman delivered these words:

“One of the areas I think we sometimes lose sight of is the real substance of education. Not the exam grades or the progress scores, important though they are, but instead the real meat of what is taught in our schools and colleges: the curriculum.”[i]

She continued, asking educators to consider carefully the knowledge, understanding and skills they provide for their pupils, dust off their curriculum documents and look at them with fresh eyes. She wanted schools to ask hard questions about whether they are providing the content their pupils need to enable them to flourish in the twenty first century.

Let’s take a backwards step and consider…

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