What do schools need to know about Ofsted’s new Inspection Framework?


The new Ofsted Framework states that schools have a duty to support the character development of their pupils.

At the Jubilee Centre’s Conference on Friday 10th May, Roary Pownall, Ofsted Inspector, shared his insight into the proposed addition of Personal Development to the Inspection Framework:

“We develop pupils’ character today because it’s the best way of ensuring that our children become the citizens that we want tomorrow.”

What will Ofsted be looking for?

Whilst schools might contribute to making students active citizens, Ofsted recognise that students are influenced by many things out of the school’s control. In light of this, schools will not be expected to the measure the impact of their personal development provision.

“We are not looking to catch schools out, but looking forward to seeing, acknowledging and celebrating positive practise.” – Roary Pownall, Ofsted Inspector

Ofsted will be looking for an approach that is coherent, consistent and well-known throughout the school.

Leaders should have a clear idea about the traits they want pupils to develop and clear systems to implement it. This will be demonstrated through:

What does ‘good’ personal development look like?

  • The curriculum extends beyond the academic, providing for pupils’ broader development, supporting them to develop their character

  • Students develop resilience, confidence and independence and lead a healthy and active lifestyle

  • Students understand the fundamental British values

  • Students understand, appreciate and respect difference in the world and its people

  • The school provides pupils with meaningful opportunities to understand how to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society

What does ‘outstanding’ personal development look like?

  • Consistently going ‘the extra mile’ to promote the personal development of pupils

  • Providing a rich set of experiences in a coherently planned way, both in the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities

  • Participation in extra-curricular activities is consistently very high, including among those from disadvantaged backgrounds

  • The way the school goes about developing pupils’ character is exemplary and worthy of being shared with others

Yes Futures runs award-winning programmes which support targeted students to develop their confidence and resilience.

To find out more about how your students could benefit from the programme, please contact Sophie, Impact Manager: sophie@yesfutures.org.


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