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By Dr Adam Abdelnoor

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Ofsted pride themselves on their use of clear simple English, but they were very coy in highlighting the need to address disadvantage. I have no idea why.

Can you make sense of this, from the Ofsted Inspection Handbook for schools)?

"...the curriculum reflects the school’s local context by addressing typical gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills."
beach with breaking wave and star-fish - metaphor for earth moving with text will the earth move for you when Ofsted next inspect?

By Dr Adam Abdelnoor

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Believe it or not half of schools previously rated outstanding could be downgraded at the next inspection! Ofsted research also suggests that, for schools who have previously been given low grades, it also works the other way round. The research suggests that more than half of schools ‘requiring improvement’ achieved much better curriculum effectiveness scores (the basis for the new quality of learning judgement) than their inspection grade would have predicted.
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Intriguingly, a great deal of National Curriculum does not conform to Ofsted’s own definition of curriculum. Now that the spotlight is on ‘curriculum intent’ the difference between the National Curriculum and what Ofsted say your school’s curriculum should be is plain to see. What is going on?
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By Dr Adam Abdelnoor

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There are two reasons why the inspection changes Ofsted have introduced are to be welcomed. One is 'their' reason. The changes also signal a new and better direction for teaching and learning. But Ofsted haven't told us how can we address the gaps in learning within our classes of thirty children without 'over-elaborate differentiation' in our teaching plans. And they are expecting us to do just that!
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By Dr Adam Abdelnoor

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The way Ofsted inspects schools is changing from September 2019. These dramatic changes are welcome educationally, but this obviously deprecates schools’ current MIS systems and creates a need. Narrative is the only MIS specifically designed to match the new Ofsted curriculum progress model. This video explains how Narrative enables you to effectively manage your curriculum planning and progress.
Curriculum

By Dr Adam Abdelnoor

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(Image: Heather Purves, Ofsted Curriculum Lead)
Some people find it hard to get their heads around this idea: that the curriculum is the progress model. Actually, it brings teachers closer to what they do in reality.  There is a huge payoff here. Any good teacher already carefully plans their schemes of work to deliver the National Curriculum requirements (or your school's equivalent) in good time. Any good teacher already observes their pupils progress and seeks to identify and fill the gaps. Any good teacher tries to teach strategically to achieve good outcomes...
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By Dr Adam Abdelnoor

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The way Ofsted inspects schools is changing from September 2019. Matthew Purves (Ofsted’s deputy director for schools) says, “…a vast amount of teachers' time is absorbed into recording, collecting and analysing excessive progress and attainment data… And, in fact…they and we can’t be sure that it is valid and reliable information.”