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04/07/22

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Day 1 of the build of our incredible new garden with the team from . This is a great project and will create an important space for students for the years ahead. https://t.co/uu3OfORFvE

04/07/22

Beautiful evening on the beach just finished and Year 6 are about to get ready for bed! Bring on tomorrow! https://t.co/9i5eq7EJY0

04/07/22

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04/07/22

In today we learnt about the planets and became detectives to find out about each of them! We then used our Super 6 skill of Creativity and Perseverance to paint the planets...look at our colour blending skills! https://t.co/c4FzCIGahj

04/07/22

Year 6 have had a brilliant time at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight and are now about to head to the hotels before hitting the beach this evening! https://t.co/WwdSO5HmkN

04/07/22

As ever - an enormous thank you to a wonderful group of supporters! New families, do get in touch with the team if you’d like to join. https://t.co/JBYAroM7l0

04/07/22

Day 1 of the build of our incredible new garden with the team from . This is a great project and will create an important space for students for the years ahead. https://t.co/uu3OfORFvE

04/07/22

As part of our sustainability drive we are letting parts of our school grow wild to support biodiversity 🌱 https://t.co/LpnIGDfS1k

04/07/22

Following the return of Sports Day, we are delighted to share that the Sports Cup was awarded to Phoenix, while the overall House Cup went to Dragon. Congratulations to both teams and well done to everyone. https://t.co/bdF47CLvEK

02/07/22

End of term arrangements including sports afternoon, whole school celebration ' Summer Spectacular' and transition. https://t.co/wlc6rPmlRA

02/07/22

Poignant moment on the Ypres trip as Sam lays a wreath for his great great uncle, Private Carriett, aged just 20 https://t.co/S2ErPkTuCL

02/07/22

Retweeted From George Abbot PE Dept

Great to see (and lose to) a few students at the clandon park 5/10k this morning. Well done to all the runners, top effort on a tough course! 🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏻⛰️🌲

02/07/22

And dancers…!!! https://t.co/vJ64d6mffk

02/07/22

Well done to all runners! 🏃🏿‍♂️ 🏃🏽‍♀️ https://t.co/qWMvjIhONs

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Following the science

1st November 2021

Months before the phrase became all too familiar in a very different context, Ofsted were researching what made for the most effective education in our schools. In this article, Graham looks at how this research has shaped the current Education Inspection Framework.

I still catch myself calling it the New Inspection Framework. Which is crazy really for a method of school inspection that Ofsted launched way back in September, 2019. But then there was the pandemic and a halt to routine inspections that began early in 2020 – just months after the initial launch. So, in reality, the “New Framework” has been going for less than a year.

Given this, it is worth blowing the dust off the covers. Because I think that this framework is a radical departure from what has gone before, the most useful thing that we can do is to attempt to understand its underpinning rationale: the research-based educational science that lies beneath the criteria for making inspection judgements. For colleagues who would like to look in this in more detail, a comprehensive summary of the research can be found here: Education Inspection Framework, Overview of Research.

To begin with, the research points to a view that not enough emphasis had been given to what children need to learn to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of the adult world. Partly this is because schools have found themselves chasing after examination results rather than the body of knowledge, the skills and the personal qualities that we all want our children to develop. So, the new framework has a big focus on the “intent” that lies behind the curriculum - what you want children to know about and what you want them to be able to do at certain points during their time in school.

The ways that teaching is judged has varied enormously in previous inspection frameworks. At one time there was a long list of what teachers should and shouldn’t do and lessons were judged on a 1 – 4 scale. Then things changed: there was no longer a “right way to teach”: the important thing was that children were making progress: a difficult thing to gauge in a twenty-minute lesson observation. The new framework changes the focus. The quality of an individual lesson is not judged but the inspector is required to ask, “How is the curriculum being taught and assessed so that pupils can build their knowledge and apply that knowledge as skills? How are children being empowered to know more and remember more? How well is the curriculum being implemented?”

There was once a time when a school’s data (and particularly those relating to the pupils’ progress and attainment) were the key factor in determining an inspection outcome. When she took on the role of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman wanted to change all that. So, whilst a school’s historic data play a part in helping inspectors to decide the areas of a school they want to focus on during the inspection, the evidence for how well the curriculum is being implemented will be gathered by looking at pupils’ books, observing lessons, talking to pupils and listening to parents. These sources will help inspectors assess the impact of the school’s curriculum.

So, in summary, this new framework is hugely challenging but - potentially - really exciting. Exciting because, from my perspective, the Ofsted framework and the factors that make for genuine school improvement are now rowing in the same direction. Over the coming months I am looking forward to working with colleagues to help support our schools in achieving the best inspection outcome possible. To support in this, our new Curriculum Statement will have an important part to play. What steps is our school taking to deliver the commitments set out in the Trust’s Curriculum Statement? How is the Trust supporting our school in achieving this? Athena-GEP CURRICULUM STATEMENT OF INTENT.

Graham Tuck, Director of Secondary Education, Athena-GEP

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