Impact of the changes to Ofsted on PE

From September 2015, a new Ofsted framework came into effect. Find out more about the impact of these changes on your school.
Impact of the changes to Ofsted on PE
The Common Inspection Framework (CIF)

At the Westminster Briefing in July, this was described as the biggest change to Ofsted in two decades. Under the new CIF, inspectors will make graded judgements on the same areas across all providers, from early years to schools and further education providers. This should give greater coherence and comparability between different providers who cater for similar ages, and when learners move between institutions.

Inspectors will assess overall effectiveness based on graded judgments in four key areas:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for children and learners.
Short inspections for schools rated as good

Schools already judged to be good following their inspection will no longer be subject to full inspections every three to five years. Instead, they will usually have a short inspection approximately once every three years.

Where quality of provision has been seen to have fallen, or where a school may now appear outstanding, the team may recommend a full inspection.

Schools rated as outstanding

Ofsted will not inspect outstanding schools routinely, but retains the power to inspect them if performance drops or concerns are raised.

No notice inspections

Ofsted will maintain its policy of giving short notice to schools about an inspection. It will also retain the right to inspect without notice in certain circumstances; for example, when safeguarding concerns are raised.

How can PE play a key role in supporting the whole school inspection?

Inspectors will have access to the school website before they visit so this is a vital tool in setting a great first impression. Your website should include a statement on the use of pupil premium and for primary schools unpick the impact of the PE and sport premium (you can use our template and guidance on how to do this is). High quality provision should still be embedded in the day-to-day practice of every teacher in a successful PE department for the benefit of all learners.

What contribution can PE make to the effectiveness of a school as a whole?

The visible and collaborative nature of PE means that the subject has a strong role to play in helping schools demonstrate their work on the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty as well as mutual respect and tolerance for people of different faiths and beliefs.

The new area of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare provides a great opportunity and focus for PE departments to reach out and have impact across the school. For example, in the nutrition, fitness and healthy eating habits as well as emotional wellbeing of students. Inspectors will be looking at student levels of self confidence, self assurance and knowledge of their potential to be a successful learner. This also includes looking at engagement in enrichment activities like extra-curricular clubs and activities to support healthy active lifestyles.

It is important that PE departments look for opportunities to self promote and highlight their key contribution to the wider ethos and culture of the school and its senior leaders.

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