Ofsted inspections – Good schools – Other subjects

This series of articles analyses Ofsted inspectors' comments in their judgements about "good" schools. Other articles have focused on attainment and progress in Reading, Writing, Maths and Phonics. This article has a look at Ofsted inspectors' comments for "Outcomes for pupils" for other subjects. GPS (English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) Ofsted's inspectors commented on English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling ("GPS" - also known as "EPGS" or "SPaG") in around a third of these reports. Please note - to improve readability, we have changed the phrase "grammar, punctuation and spelling" in the following quotes to GPS. Around half of these reports commented on the attainment level at the end of Key Stage 2, some positively: Pupils’ attainment at the end of key stage 2 in reading, writing and GPS has remained above the national average figures for the past three years....the proportion achieving and exceeding the expected standard in GPS was exceptionally high in 2018.Provisional results indicate that the proportion of pupils reaching the expected level...
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Ofsted Inspections – Good Schools – Key Stage 1

This series of articles looks at the Ofsted inspectors' comments on 80 "good" schools. This article looks at their comments for Key Stage 1. A lot of inspectors comments focus on Phonics, particularly in Year 1. Please see our article on Phonics for a further analysis of these comments. The Expected Standard Unlike previous years, where inspectors could look at specific progress from Early Years for Emerging, Expected and Exceeding pupils, inspectors only have quantified data for all pupils and disadvantaged pupils. For most of these schools, the school was at or above the National Average: The proportions of pupils reaching the expected and greater-depth standards are broadly in line with national averages. Standards at the end of key stage 1 in reading, writing and mathematics are above the national averages. Pupils attained above the national average at the expected standard in 2018 at key stage 1 ... in national tests. When standards were below the National Average, inspectors highlight it, together with any...
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Ofsted Inspections – Good Schools – Pupils’ work

This series of articles analyses Ofsted inspectors' comments in their judgements about "good" schools. This article looks at the role of examining pupils' books. The new Ofsted Inspection framework In the School Inspection update of January 2019, Ofsted said that, under the new Ofsted framework, 53. ...In doing so, inspectors will not review a school’s internal performance data for current pupils. 61. Inspectors will not consider schools’ internal performance data for current pupils during an inspection. ... This is because: internal data for current pupils has its limitations for us...inspectors will have meaningful discussions with leaders about how they know that the curriculum is having an impactinspectors will gather first-hand evidence of the quality of education in schools. The first-hand evidence sources including: 54. ...Inspectors will listen to pupils read and look at examples of pupils’ work for evidence of progression in knowledge, understanding and skills towards defined endpoints So what does pupils' works show under the current framework? Works in books Under the current...
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Ofsted Inspections – Good Schools – Phonics

In this series of articles, we are looking at Ofsted inspectors' comments regarding 80 "good" schools. This article examines the importance of phonics. Phonics Under the new Ofsted framework, Amanda Spielman has stated that there will be a focus on early reading and the teaching of phonics in primary schools. However, this doesn't mean that it isn't already a focus. Year 1 compared to the National Average Ofsted inspectors found that, generally in these "good" schools, the attainment of phonics was at or above the National Average - in 6 of these 80 schools, it was "well above" average: In 2018, the proportion of pupils in Year 1 achieving the expected standard in the phonics screening check increased considerably, and is now well above average.The proportion of pupils who achieve the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics screening check is above the national average, and has been for the past three years. When this hasn't happened, inspectors want to know that the school is...
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