September 2014 - Ofsted separate reporting of early years and sixth form


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Early years

Ofsted proposes introducing a separate graded judgement about the overall effectiveness of Nursery and Reception classes in the inspection framework for maintained schools and academies. Inspectors would also be required to write a discrete paragraph in the inspection report evaluating this provision.

Ofsted proposes developing a separate set of brief evaluation criteria, for inclusion in the School Inspection Handbook. These criteria would encompass:

  • Achievement
  • The quality of teaching
  • Behaviour and safety
  • Leadership and management

Inspectors would take account of this separate judgement when making their judgement on the overall effectiveness of the school.

The sixth form

In order to help parents and students make informed decisions about their choice of sixth form provision, Ofsted proposes that the inspection framework for maintained schools and academies inspection framework includes a separate, numerical judgement on a school’s sixth form. This would be accompanied by a discrete paragraph in the school inspection report that summarises the effectiveness of the sixth form. Sixth form provision is already reported on and indeed inspectors include in the report a written statement of whether the provision is outstanding/good etc. This change would simply see the introduction of a numerical grade.

As with the proposals for early years, a separate set of evaluation criteria would be published in the School Inspection Handbook base on the four criteria listed above.

Again, inspectors would take account of the judgement on the sixth form when making their judgements on the overall effectiveness of the school.


Published: 20/08/2014, by Ellie Cotgrave
Last Updated: 27/01/2016, by Sam Henson