Since September 2019, schools have been inspected under a revised Ofsted inspection framework. Whilst there have been numerous reports about what an inspection now entails, only a few schools have actually been inspected under the new framework. In this article, we examine the key changes to the inspection framework, along with providing details of an interview with the computing coordinators from Wembley Primary School, London, to find out about their recent experience of being inspected.
The new inspection framework
The 2019 Ofsted inspection framework has an increased focus on the need for schools to have a broad and balanced curriculum, with one of the new judgement categories being the Quality of education. In particular, inspectors have been asked to examine the intent, implementation and impact the curriculum has within a school, which can be briefly defined as:
- Intent - Focus on the curriculum and aspirations for learners - Schools require an ambitious curriculum, which is studied by all learners. It needs to be rich in both knowledge and skills, with suitable progression across the school.
- Implementation - How teachers do their job and how leaders support them - Focuses on pedagogy, subject knowledge, assessment and feedback, and the quality of instruction.
- Impact - How learners develop their knowledge and skills across the curriculum and, as a result, their achievement - Success may not be purely academic and is less focused on data than the previous inspection framework.
It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
Within computing, this could perhaps focus on:
- People – Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc
- Technology – How it can be disruptive and improve lives, along with the negative impact
- Opportunities – Extra-curricular activities, going to museums, entering events and competitions, talks by / visits to employers and further education
A summary of changes to the framework can be found in this article from Third Space Learning.
Your next steps…
In order to find out what a recent inspection with a computing focus involves, we spoke to the computing coordinators from Wembley Primary School (WPS), London - Eleanor Haines and Satya Maremanda, to find out about their experiences. Their Ofsted report (pg. 2) stated that the computing curriculum was “well thought out” and praised the school for enabling Year 6 pupils to “use their knowledge of computing to design their own games”. Find out more in our subsequent articles on their recent Ofsted inspection, which examine curriculum delivery, progression and scaffolding and the wider curriculum, online safety, enrichment and meeting the inspectors.
Many CAS Community meetings have the revised Ofsted framework as the focus area for their next event. Details of your nearest event can be found here
CAS have also created a Subject Development - 2019 Ofsted Framework resource, which includes a number of tasks for subject leaders and possible questions they may be asked during an inspection. The document is available here.
Has your school recently been inspected under the new framework? Perhaps the inspection outlined above differs from your experiences? Maybe you lead computing in a different way and would like to share your approach? Do get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer - the information outlined in this article does not reflect the official views of Ofsted, Computing at School (CAS), or the authors, is subject to change and should be used for guidance only.
Wembley Primary School’s computing coordinators - Eleanor Haines and Satya Maremanda