Ofsted has today (29 September) published a new 5 year strategy.
The strategy, developed in conjunction with serving heads, teachers, and social workers from around the country, sets out how Ofsted will deliver its mission of improving the lives of children and young people.
The strategy centres on a fundamental guiding principle that the organisation will be:
“A force for improvement through intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation”.
The strategy describes how Ofsted will conduct inspection and regulation that is:
intelligent: our work will be evidence-led and our evaluation tools and frameworks will be valid and reliable.
responsible: our frameworks will be fair. We will seek to reduce inspection burdens and make our expectations and findings clear
focused: we will target our time and resources where they can lead directly to improvement
The principle will be underpinned by 3 core values:
The strategy commits to an ambitious programme of work, which will inform the 2019 inspection framework development. Ofsted is currently undertaking a series of parent focus groups to understand how our reports can provide more information and enable choice. Ofsted will undertake research and learn from others to ensure that Ofsted is reliably measuring the right things, and that these measures add up to a meaningful overall judgement. For example an international seminar on the validity of lesson observation in November which will inform future practice, and research is being undertaken on the impact of the current grading structure.
Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Ofsted, said:
I am pleased to announce our new corporate strategy, which will set Ofsted’s direction during my tenure as Chief Inspector. I am determined that Ofsted will be a force for improvement.
By really drilling down on how, where and why we inspect and report, we can ensure that inspection and regulation are more than the sum of their parts. One of our greatest strengths is our bird’s eye view of the education, training and care systems. Over my time in office, we will do more to aggregate the insights from individual inspections, so that we can better encourage and support improvement across all the areas we inspect and regulate.
This high-reaching strategy commits us to inspection that is intelligent, responsible and focused. It will allow us to tackle emerging challenges and take advantage of new opportunities, ensuring that we can have maximum impact in improving young people’s lives.
Julius Weinberg, Chair of Ofsted, said:
With our new Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman well established in post, and Ofsted celebrating its 25th anniversary this is the ideal time to set out our new 5 year strategy. We have taken this opportunity to ensure that our strategy is evidence based and takes account of the wider environment; educational, political and economic.
The strategy is the product of significant engagement with both our inspection workforce and those we inspect. Through that engagement we have been able to build a clear picture of where Ofsted adds most value and what more we need to do to fulfil our mission of being a force for improvement.
The strategy also recognises the vital importance of Ofsted’s independence and commits it to being transparent and accountable in all its work, just as others are held others to account by Ofsted.