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Ofsted Chief Inspector gives evidence to Lords inquiry into the secondary education system

Tuesday 20 June

Ofsted Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, will give evidence to the House of Lords Education for 11 - 16 Year Olds Committee on Thursday 22 June, as it continues to look at the school accountability system in England.

The session begins at 11am and can be followed live or afterwards on Parliament TV or in person in Committee Room 2.

Ofsted National Director, Education, Chris Russell will also give evidence.

Possible questions include:

  • To what extent are Ofsted judgements about the quality of a school’s education in the 11-16 phase based on that school’s performance against the headline key stage 4 accountability measures, particularly Progress 8 and EBacc entry?
  • Why is measuring a school’s progress towards the Government’s national ambition for EBacc entry important?
  • How are expectations “for pupils to be allowed to gain qualifications that allow them to meet their interests and aspirations” balanced with the requirement that a school should "have the EBacc at the heart of its curriculum", rather than promoting more creative, technical, or vocational qualifications?
  • How could Ofsted support schools to feel more enabled to offer the curriculum most appropriate for their pupils in the 11-16 phase?
  • How is the requirement that schools “provide a broad, rich curriculum” at key stage 3 defined? Can this be effectively delivered over a two-year period of study?
  • How does Ofsted assess whether requirements for the teaching of computing up to age 16 have been met, particularly for those who do not take computing qualifications at key stage 4? How could it support schools in developing pupils’ digital skills more generally?

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