YST welcomes Ofsted's plans for inspection refocus

Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust has responded to Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman’s statement on shifting the focus from exam results to a more rounded curriculum.

Ali Oliver said: "The quality of a child’s education should be assessed on more than just test results. The announcement from Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman that future inspections will take a more rounded look at the quality of education in schools is a significant step in the right direction, and one which YST would fully support.

Physical Education and school sport have been victims of inspections placing too much weight on exam results. At a time when children’s physical and mental health and social development have been in decline, the pivotal role that this subject plays in nurturing their development has never been more essential.

"We would like to see Ofsted’s new inspection framework recognise the essential role that PE, sport and play should have at the core of a broad and balanced curriculum, enhancing children’s health, building character, improving wellbeing and supporting them to fulfil their potential."

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