Westminster Education Forum

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The new Ofsted inspection framework - implementation, impact on schools, and the next steps for the curriculum


Note that due to COVID-19 restrictions this conference will be conducted online.

The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish. 

The conference will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.

We will be contacting all participants in advance of the conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.

This conference will assess the implementation of Ofsted’s new inspection framework which was introduced in September.

Sessions will examine:

  • The impact of the inspection framework so far and how schools have adapted - with experiences of the first schools inspected under the new framework now starting to emerge;
  • Issues in meeting the leadership and management judgements in the new framework; and
  • Next steps for the school curriculum following the introduction of the quality of education judgement.

It comes with Ofsted highlighting in its recently published annual report a focus on ensuring schools are not ‘gaming’ the system and are providing pupils with the opportunity to engage in a wider curriculum experience, as the regulator continues to implement new inspection framework.

The conference also takes place as Ofsted consults on its new Initial Teacher Education (ITE) inspection framework, which is intended to align with the new education inspection framework and introduce a new quality of education and training judgement with a focus on the ITE curriculum.

Speakers and their expected contributions

We are pleased to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from:

  • Professor Daniel Muijs, Deputy Director Research and Evaluation, Ofsted - on the progress so far in implementing the inspection framework; and
  • Tom Rees, Executive Director of School Leadership, Ambition Institute - on fostering good leadership standards across the sector.

Speakers sharing case studies and experience include:

  • Creating a curriculum that supports a well-rounded education for their pupils - with Catherine Anwar, Chief Executive Officer, Summit Learning Trust;
  • Meeting the new quality of education judgement - the role of the curriculum and practices  -with John Blake, Director, Strategy and Policy, Now Teach;
  • The new leadership and management criteria and the role of school governors - with Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governance Association; and
  • Implementing an ethical leadership model across schools - with Carolyn Roberts, Headteacher, Thomas Tallis School, London and Chair, Ethical Leadership Commission.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to consider the reaction of schools so far to the use of the framework in inspections.

Further confirmed speakers include: Michael Freeston, Early Years Alliance; Dr Iftikhar Hussain, University of Sussex; and Frank Norris, Co-op.

The chairs are Lord Lucas and Liz Twist MP.

The agenda

  • Progress in the implementation of Ofsted’s inspection framework;
  • The framework so far - adapting to new judgements, wellbeing and workload of staff, the inspection process and the new framework;
  • Fostering good leadership standards across the sector;
  • The leadership and management criteria - putting in place a clear vision and ethical leadership models, and the impact of the new school finance rating; and
  • School curriculum at primary and secondary level - the quality of education judgement, demonstrating cultural capital learning, and ensuring an inclusive, well-rounded education.

Policy officials taking part in this conference

Westminster Education Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. We expect that amongst those taking part in this conference will be officials who have reserved places representing: the Department for Education; the Education and Skills Funding Agency; Estyn; DCMS; Government Legal Department; HMPPS; MoD; National Audit Office and the Welsh Government.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Education Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates