Westminster Education Forum

What does the new Education Inspection Framework mean for schools? Implementation, impact and future role of Ofsted

Morning, Tuesday, 19th March 2019

Central London


This conference will examine the implementation of Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework as the regulator consults ahead of its expected introduction in September 2019.

The changes to the Framework, recently outlined by the Chief Inspector, include the potential introduction of four new inspection judgements: quality of education; personal development; behaviour and attitudes; and leadership and management.

Delegates will discuss the implementation and impact of the new ‘quality of education’ judgement - which is intended to make the curriculum a greater focus of inspection and encourage schools, particularly at secondary level, to offer a wider range of subjects, as well as enable Ofsted to challenge the amount of time schools spend teaching to the test.

Attendees will consider issues raised by school leaders regarding the speed of the new Framework’s introduction and its focus, with calls from the NAHT for Ofsted to take on a new role in identifying failure and offer greater insight for schools that are struggling.  

The potential impact on teachers ahead of implementation will also be discussed. It comes with some leaders questioning whether the new framework is necessary and expressing concerns over increased teacher workload during initial implementation and doubts that it will lead to a cut in the time spent by schools in preparing for inspection.

We also expect discussion on the effect on Ofsted itself with questions over whether, given resource and time constraints, inspectors will be able to judge schools effectively and meet the new framework’s criteria.     

Further sessions look at the focus on pupils within the framework, and whether the regulator’s proposal to split the personal development and behaviour judgements will succeed in its intention of offering students a greater opportunity to ‘to grow as active, healthy and engaged citizens’.

The agenda will also bring out discussion on Ofsted’s performance and future role in school improvement in the context of concerns raised by the Public Accounts Committee, including the frequency of inspections and the resulting impact on the provision of quality assurance following cuts to its budget.

Keynote Speaker

Meg Hillier MP

Chair, Commons Public Accounts Committee

Keynote Speakers

Meg Hillier MP

Chair, Commons Public Accounts Committee

Matthew Purves

Deputy Director, Schools, Ofsted


Lord Griffiths of Burry Port

Shadow Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

Baroness Perry of Southwark


Jenny Barksfield

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Senior Subject Specialist, PSHE Association

Hugh Greenway

Chief Executive, The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust

Michelle Doyle Wildman

Acting Chief Executive, Parentkind

Tim Oates

Group Director, Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment and Chair, Expert Panel for the National Curriculum Review (2010-2013)

John Blake

Curriculum Design Lead, Ark Schools and Director of Strategy and Policy, Now Teach

Nick Brook

Deputy General Secretary, NAHT

Rachel Fink

Headteacher, JFS School, Brent

Dr Leslie Gutman

Programme Director and Associate Professor of the MSc Behaviour Change, Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London