When I first came into the profession more than half a century ago, art was a focal part of the primary curriculum. It is not surprising, with a very large proportion of the curriculum dedicated to art, that standards were often high and sometimes quite remarkable. Since the focus... View Article
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About Clive Davies, OBE
Clive is a former headteacher and inspector, having inspected over 200 schools. His school gained a National Curriculum award and was featured in the Times Educational Supplement, one of three schools recognised for their quality practice.
He was awarded an OBE for his services to education in 2007.
Over the past three or four years, many headteachers have used book scrutiny as a central feature of evaluating the quality of education in their schools. Clearly, book scrutiny has been important well before this. However, more recently it has grown in importance. In part, this could be down... View Article
Starting this term (September 2023), Ofsted are making changes to the way they inspect schools. These changes are not huge, but they affect the inspection process and some of the protocols involved. It is important to note that although the changes may be relatively small, they are still significant... View Article
The Learning Challenge Curriculum is undergoing some changes... The focus on the quality of education remains Ofsted’s priority when judging if a school is still at least good. If a school wishes to secure a strong ‘good’ outcome then they have to appreciate the interrelationship between the curriculum intent, implementation,... View Article
The following example is taken from How to Assess a Knowledge Rick Curriculum? Focusing on ‘sticky knowledge’ in science, history & geography & enhanced by art, DT, music, PE & computing One of the main objectives that Ofsted looks for when judging a school’s curriculum intent is ensuring sequencing, so... View Article
Letting down left-handers in primary schools: Do you keep a check on the standards attained by left-handed pupils? As the data packs arrive at school, we will be asked to focus on different groups, such as boys/girls; disadvantaged/non disadvantaged; EAL/non EAL and SEN and non SEN. However, are we asked... View Article