Pupils’ exam results and grades will no longer be a focus in school inspections, Ofsted has said.
Schools will no longer receive a separate grade for students’ outcomes under changes set out by the education watchdog. Instead, the wider curriculum on offer will be looked at.
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector of Ofsted, said she recognised that current inspections have contributed to excessive workload in schools at a time when teacher shortages are an issue.
Ms Spielman said: “For a long time, our inspections have looked hardest at outcomes, placing too much weight on test and exam results when we consider the overall effectiveness of schools.
“The cumulative impact of performance tables and inspections, and the consequences that are hung on them, has increased the pressure on school leaders, teachers and indirectly on pupils to deliver perfect data above all else.”
Speaking at the SCHOOLS NorthEast summit in Newcastle, she added: “But we know that focusing too narrowly on test and exam results can often leave little time or energy for hard thinking about the curriculum, and in fact can sometimes end up making a casualty of it.”