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The New Ofsted Framework - Implications for Governing Boards (Briefing) (Governors)

Event/course Code EDU 19/490
Event/course type Briefing
Event Introduction Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework comes into effect in September 2019. The aim of the new framework is to refocus inspections of schools to make sure that learners receive a high-quality education, through the school’s rich curriculum offer.

HMCI Amanda Spielman, said, ‘The new framework puts the real substance of education at the heart of inspection and supports leaders and teachers who act with integrity. We hope early years, schools and college leaders will no longer feel the need to generate and analyse masses of internal data for inspection. Instead, we want them to spend their time teaching and making a real difference to children’s lives, which is why they entered the profession in the first place.’

Nationally, the education sector, and specifically governance, has seen unprecedented levels of change in recent years. Regardless of the scale or nature of the organisation being governed, the features of what makes for effective governance remain the same. This course is based on the requirements of the new inspection framework and is designed to demystify the changes. As a result, governors will gain a secure understanding of the key changes and understand what these implications mean for them.

The session is targeted at governors from all school settings, including maintained, academies and free schools.

Please note: This course is fully funded for any school that subscribes to the Premium SPARK package or stand-alone governor support.
Event Content Although there are no significant changes to how governance is inspected, the new inspection framework will change what governors need to know about the curriculum.

The new inspection framework sees the introduction of four key judgements: Quality of Education, Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development and Leadership and Management. Ofsted have also stated that the new framework is an ‘evolution and not a revolution’ from the last framework. As a result, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the outcomes judgements that featured so prominently in the last inspection framework have been woven into the new four key judgements.

During the course of the evening session participants will consider:
• The main features of the latest Ofsted framework, as laid out in the new School Inspection Handbook
• Ofsted’s expectations of effective Governing Boards
• How Ofsted judgements are made and the implications of the role of the governing board in relation to these judgements
• Ways in which Governing Boards can provide evidence for Ofsted of their successful practice and impact.

The course facilitator, Jenell Chetty, is an education specialist with extensive expertise in leading and managing schools. School improvement has been at the heart of her career and she has held numerous senior leadership positions, including Education Director for a multi-academy trust, Executive Headteacher and Senior School Improvement Adviser for two Local Authorities. Jenell draws on her vast experience to empower leaders with practical hints and tips.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the session participants will be able to:

• Demonstrate an improved understanding of the new Ofsted framework and explain its direct implications for Governors.
• Explain examples of successful practice that meet Ofsted expectations of Governing Boards.
• Explore a range of constructive questions to challenge and support school leaders
Trainers Jenell Chetty
Course categories Governor Support
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19+ yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Thursday 12 September 201918:30 - 20:30King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL