Over the last few issues I have outlined a simple approach to tracking pupils which puts formative assessment at its heart, builds on pupils’ previous learning and supports the aims of a mastery curriculum.

A formative assessment strategy will prepare you for Ofsted’s ‘three I’ judgements:

  • Intent: The curriculum sets out the knowledge and skills that pupils will gain at each stage
  • Implementation: How the curriculum is taught and assessed in order to support pupils to build their knowledge and to apply that knowledge as skills
  • Impact: The outcomes that pupils achieve as a result of the education they have received

… but more importantly will help ensure the best outcomes for your pupils.

Finally, bear in mind that all the data in the world doesn’t beat what actually happens in the classroom, as Amanda Spielman said when launching the new inspection framework:

When you tell inspectors that your internal data and information helps you to know about progress and attainment, inspectors’ reaction should be: “that’s great, let’s go and see it in action”.

We understand that an Ofsted inspection can be a very stressful experience, it is important to be as prepared as possible. Whether you require a focus on a specific area of provision or a whole organisational approach, we are here to provide objective and reliable advice to guide your school as it prepares for an inspection.

Stephan Nicholls

Stephan Nicholls

Stephan Nicholls has worked in education for over 30 years including in leadership positions and as a Headteacher. He is now an Education Adviser, mainly for Target Tracker, but also as computing subject lead and a key stage moderator.