The new Ofsted Inspection Framework: putting the subject at the centre of the inspection process

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First impressions from Geography teachers of the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) published by Ofsted in May 2019 are overwhelmingly positive. Let’s start with the fact that the new framework puts the focus of inspection on the school curriculum and specifically what is being taught in the classroom i.e. subjects – and in our case, […]

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Assessment and the wider curriculum in the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework: What are inspectors looking for?

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As you’re probably already aware, a new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework will come into force in September 2019. You can get an overview of the new Framework in our blog post  ‘The new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework: What’s changed?’ We’ve taken a closer look at the Framework, alongside the new School Inspection Handbook that Ofsted inspectors will be using, and have pulled out […]

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Reading and Maths in the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework: What primary school teachers need to know

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As you’re probably already aware, a new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework will come into force in September 2019. You can get an overview of the new Framework in our blog post  ‘The new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework: What’s changed?’ We’ve taken a closer look at the Framework, alongside the new School Inspection Handbook that Ofsted inspectors will be using, and have pulled out […]

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Collaborative curriculum design for maximum impact

Following an inspiring Association for Science Education (ASE) conference this month, Amie Hewish, Head of Secondary Science at Oxford University Press, calls for collaboration in continuing to develop an exciting, knowledge-rich curriculum in science. I’ve just got back from the ASE conference, and what a great few days it was. Teachers, technicians, educators, assessors, and […]

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Mind your language

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. (N.Mandela) Our children’s world revolves around using huge amounts of highly advanced accessible technology. Surrounded by computers and social media, children “chat” more than ever, but spend less […]

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What do students know about functions?

First, a bit of theory about learning.  In 1980, Shlomo Vinner, an Israeli mathematics educator, coined the terms ‘concept image’ and ‘concept definition’ to highlight the difference between what students actually know about a concept and the formal meaning of the concept. David Tall, an English mathematician and educator, is credited with promulgating the term […]

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