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The proposed Ofsted framework aims to raise standards and rebalance inspections through a renewed emphasis on ‘Quality of education’, and less focus on outcomes data.

This new ‘Quality of education’ judgement, says Ofsted:

• brings together ‘the essential ingredients of education: the curriculum; the teaching, and the assessment that provides the feedback loop; and the resulting outcomes’ 

• ‘is intended to restore curriculum – largely “missing in action” from inspection for more than a decade – to its proper place, as an important component of the quality of education’.

Under the framework, which comes into force this September, there is a clear expectation that settings deliver a curriculum that is:

• broad, balanced and aspirational

• planned coherently to provide ‘progression’ and ‘stretch’

• delivered to the highest standards

• evaluated effectively, so ensuring the best possible outcomes for all children.

Focusing on the ‘Quality of education’ judgement – comprising Intent, Implementation and Impact – this conference will:

• give guidance on curriculum content (Intent), planning and delivery (Implementation) and assessing outcomes for children (Impact)

• analyse what ‘quality of education’ means in the context of the early years

• address challenges to delivering a developmentally-appropriate curriculum across the EYFS

• explore Ofsted expectations for a setting’s self-evaluation and cycle of improvement.

The programme combines general guidance, subject specific advice and case studies, so enabling practitioners from across the sector to develop a vision of ‘quality education’ for the children in their setting and gain a better understanding of how to plan, support and assess early learning and development.