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Proposed revised inspection framework.

  • Amanda Spielman proposes 4 new inspection judgements
  • schools will no longer receive a separate grade for outcomes for pupils
  • focus will be on the substance of education and a broad curriculum
  • more involvement for classroom teachers
  • consultation on draft framework to be launched in January

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Corbyn and May on education funding.

PMQs: Corbyn and May on education funding and austerity

Theresa May said that education funding was at a record high and more children were in good and outstanding schools.

She was responding to Jeremy Corbyn who asked about claims about the end of austerity, and when teachers would receive the "independently recommended 3.5% pay rise"

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Chief Inspectors speech to Schools NE.

Good morning and thank you for inviting me to be here today.

I always like getting to the north of England – being from Scotland myself, it’s not quite all the way home, but it’s good to be here.

And this isn’t my first time with you here. I came to speak to SCHOOLS NE as Chair of Ofqual, back in 2015, when we had what I remember being an interesting and challenging morning – with a good discussion with Mike and several of you over lunch afterwards.

And it is always good to be out talking to a dedicated group of professionals. I know that in recent years, the collective efforts of schools in the North East have made a real difference to children’s education. And as I hope I said back in 2015, I am greatly impressed by the SCHOOLS NorthEast model. The level of engagement and support for local schools is clearly very high, and it is great to see how this group is promoting constructive discussion and acting as a catalyst for change.

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Exam results and grades will no longer be the key focus of Ofsted inspections in England, under new plans.

Exam results and grades will no longer be the key focus of Ofsted inspections in England, under new plans.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman says the focus on performance data has narrowed what is taught in schools.

She said, in a speech in Newcastle on Thursday, inspections hadplaced too much weight on exam results.

Teachers and heads have long argued education watchdog Ofsted's focus on data, along with school league tables, has made schools "exam factories".

Chris Keates, leader of the Nasuwt teachers' union, said teachers would welcome plans to "shift the focus of inspection and treat teachers as experts, rather than data managers".

School funding claims called into question.

School funding claims made by the Department for Education used "misrepresented" and "exaggerated" figures, says the UK's statistics watchdog.

The UK Statistics Authority, in a letter to Education Secretary Damian Hinds on Monday, says it had "serious concerns" about the department's "presentation and use of statistics".

The DFE was urged to improve how it presented information, to ensure that it "does not mislead".

"For a department that is in charge of the nation's numerical skills, this is getting embarrassing," said Sir David Spiegelhalter, president of the Royal Statistical Society.

"Ministers need to get a grip," said Sir David.

The statistics watchdog launched an investigation into education ministers' claims for high levels of school funding by international standards - when it emerged from BBC reports that spending figures included other non-school and non-government spending.

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