Members of the #iwill Education Steering Group have come together to create a set of headlines for all #iwill partner organisations to consider including in response to the Ofsted inspection framework consultation. The new Ofsted inspection framework provides a fantastic opportunity to influence the way education is delivered. The new framework focuses not just on grades and attainment, but on the holistic education of students, including delivering this through youth social action.
The below headlines outline our joint response to the new framework to be used from September 2019. We encourage you all to incorporate these messages into your individual organisation’s response to the framework consultation, if you have not already submitted. The deadline is 5th April and you can submit your response here.
- As a proud partner of the #iwill campaign for youth social action, we welcome the new Ofsted inspection framework and its renewed emphasis on ensuring that all ‘good’ education providers demonstrate at inspection how they are “preparing learners for life in Modern Britain by equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society.”
- We call on Ofsted to go one step further in their inspection of education providers by recognising that preparing young people to be responsible, respectful and active citizens when they are adults does not acknowledge that young people can and already are able to make a positive contribution to society. And not just society – the natural world too, and many learning providers support their students to do so already.
- We urge Ofsted to change their language in the inspection framework and associated handbooks to reflect this as follows: “the provider prepares learners for life in modern Britain by: equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society and the natural world, now and as adults…”
- We ask that Ofsted learn from reviews of best practice in embedding youth social action in education settings. This should then inform inspector training ahead of the new academic year to ensure quality youth social action provision, that is of genuine double benefit to the young people participating, and the communities they are supporting, is recognised during inspection. This should have a particular focus on supporting schools to ensure provision is accessible to all young people – particularly those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
- We ask Ofsted to ensure that when they take a ‘best fit’ approach to awarding a learning provider a ‘good’ judgement, that they do not forgo this criteria – that this, in effect acts as a ‘deal breaker’ on achieving good or not.
We will be publishing the #iwill Campaign’s full response to the consultation in due course.
You can read more about the consultation here:
- Dr. Chris Jones, Ofsted: Blog “Social action and the new inspection framework”
- Amanda Spielman, Ofsted: Speech, 16th Jan 2019