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Education Select Committee this week.

16 January 2019                     

The Education Committee hears from Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, on range of issues including academies and careers advice.






Wednesday 16 January in Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 10am

  • Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State, Department for Education
  • Jonathan Slater, Permanent Secretary, Department for Education

Purpose of the session

The Committee is likely to want to ask about issues including multi-academy trusts and accountability, school exclusions and careers advice. Members could also raise the Government's response to recent Committee reports on higher education and apprenticeships.

The Education Secretary will be joined by the Department’s Permanent Secretary Jonathan Slater and the Committee could touch on the subject of academy finance and the Academy Sector Annual Report and Accounts.

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Fairer inspection for schools in tough areas.

A school in a tough area which has great teachers and a great curriculum could be rated outstanding from September, even if pupils' results are mediocre, says Ofsted.

But the watchdog denies its proposed new inspection framework for England will mean a dumbing-down of standards.

It says too many schools game the system by "teaching to the test" or "off-rolling" lower ability pupils.

But education unions say the plans do not go far enough.

Ofsted says its new framework aims to rebalance the inspection process to make sure that young people receive the best teaching possible.

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Bad behaviour and the new Ofsted framework.

Schools that fail to deal with bullying and low-level classroom disruption are to be heavily punished by Ofsted under a major shakeup of its inspection criteria.

A separate judgement focusing on the behaviour and attitudes of schoolchildren is set to be introduced by the watchdog after parents raised concerns about the scale of disruption.  

Under proposals for its new inspection framework, Ofsted will judge schools, colleges and nurseries on whether they have successfully created a disciplined environment free from bullying.

Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director of education, says the changes for September will tackle a rise in low-level disruption – which includes mobile phone use, swinging on chairs and whispering. 

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Draft Inspection


Ofsted inspection handbooks: drafts for consultation

Proposed inspection handbooks for early years, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and further education and skills.

Read the handbook.

Consultation on new inspection framework.

Open consultation

Education inspection framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education

Read the detail.


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