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Curriculum breadth in schools for inspection.

 

All pupils in maintained schools are expected to study the basic curriculum, which includes national curriculum

66, religious education and age-appropriate relationship and sex education67. Academies are expected to offer all pupils a broad curriculum68 that should be similar in breadth and ambition.


Inspections and Relationships and Sex Education.

 

From September 2019, schools are able to follow a new relationships and sex education and health education curriculum. From September 2020, they will be required by law to follow it. Primary-age children must be taught about positive relationships and respect for others, and how these are linked to promoting good mental health and well-being. In addition, sex education will become mandatory at secondary level.

221. If a school is failing to meet its obligations, inspectors will consider this when reaching the personal development judgement.


Ofsted publishes new ispection schedules.

On 16 January 2019, Ofsted launched a consultation on the draft education inspection framework (EIF) and the associated inspection handbooks. We were seeking the views of the public as well as those working in the sectors covered by the framework. This followed 6 months of informal engagement with stakeholders. The consultation closed on Friday 5 April 2019.

The proposals generated a significant amount of interest. In total, we received more than 15,000 responses to the consultation. This included almost 11,000 responses to the online questionnaire, more than 600 responses by email and post, and more than 4,000 responses as a result of a campaign by YoungMinds. We received responses as a result of 2 smaller campaigns about young carers and Steiner schools but, given their scale, we have considered these as part of the main consultation response. Even without the campaign, this was the largest consultation in Ofsted’s history. This report summarises the responses to the consultation.

The consultation exercise included more than 100 face-to-face events. It took place alongside the largest programme of piloting that we have ever done, with more than 250 pilots taking place in early years providers, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and further education (FE) and skills providers. This document is informed by both consultation and piloting.

Responses to the consultation have informed the final drafts of the following documents, which we have published alongside this report.


Academies asked by Lord Agnew to justify high salaries.

94 academy trusts have been ordered to justify the six-figure salaries of head teachers or chief executives, as the Government takes further action to curb excessive pay in academy schools.

Eileen Milner, ESFA chief executive, on behalf of Academies Minister, Lord Agnew has today (Friday 10 May) written to 63 trusts that have been newly-identified as paying multiple staff members in excess of £100,000 and 31trusts that have failed to provide adequate justification for doing so, despite previous communication from the Government on the issue.

The Chairs of Trustees at all 94 trusts written to today have been asked to provide a rationale for paying six-figure salaries and offered advice on setting and structuring pay to ensure it is commensurate with the education on offer and the number of pupils educated by the trust.

A total of 213 academy trusts have been asked to justify high salaries in the last 18 months as part of a Government clampdown, and 50 have already altered salaries to ensure that pay is proportionate, reasonable and in-line with the overwhelming majority of trusts that comply with rules on salaries set out in government guidance.

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Off-rolling the evidence.

Summary
1. There’s mixed understanding of what off-rolling is, but many are aware that it’s happening and
that it’s on the increase.
2. Many education professionals perceive there to be an overlap between off-rolling and other
(sometimes legitimate) practices.
3. Off-rolling is triggered by league table position - both SLT and classroom teachers feel the
pressure of needing to maintain high performance and good Ofsted ratings.
4. Vulnerable students, with SEN or other needs, are more likely to be affected.
5. While schools may say pupils are off-rolled due to behaviour, teachers personally believe
academic achievement is more important in the decision making.
6. It’s an informal process, during which schools collect data on behaviour and correspondence
with the parents.
7. Parents are pressured to accept off-rolling and many teachers think more support is needed for
them, especially for those with the least understanding of their children’s rights and/or EAL
needs.
8. A minority would like to see more support for schools around how to deal with low
attendance/SEN pupils when all other possible solutions have been exhausted.

Read the full report.


 

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