New Ofsted framework focuses on "substance and integrity"
a new “quality of education” judgement
looking at children’s outcomes in context, and whether or not they are the result of a well-deliver, coherently-planned curriculum
separate judgements about children’s “personal development” and “behaviour and attitudes”
no longer using internal performance data as inspection evidence, to ensure inspection does not create “unnecessary work”
Michael Freeston, director of quality improvement at the Alliance, commented: "We welcome the proposed early years inspection framework, which is a real positive step in the right direction.”
However, he added: “Unfortunately, with the review of the Early Learning Goals and the proposed re-introduction the baseline assessment, it’s clear current government policy is at odds with this position. Our concern is that, until those differences are reconciled, there’s a real danger that providers will be caught between being inspected on how their children learn and delivering against an increasingly narrow understanding of what should be taught.”