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News - 5 December 2014

Schools should be graded separately

 National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) are calling for schools to be graded separately by Ofsted on the breadth and balance of what they teach.

 
NAHT leader Russell Hobby said too often "specific ideological agendas" have led to a narrowing of the curriculum.
 
Ofsted, who are yet to respond, has just closed its consultation on a new inspection framework, which will introduce shorter inspections for all schools rated good in England.
 
This issue was highlighted in the wake of the "Trojan Horse" affair, where a Muslim-dominated governing body tried to influence the ethos of several schools. 
 
And a series of snap inspections, some on faith schools, found there was a lack of breadth in what was being taught in some schools - particularly in religious education.
 
Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has highlighted his concerns, particularly in relation to the narrowness of the curriculum in a number of schools, in a letter to the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan.
 
Mr Hobby also pointed out that this "is a time of enormous upheaval in terms of curriculum and assessment, with significant change occurring in every sector".
 
Liz Kennett, Audit and Accounts Manager of ABDS, and a Schools and Charities specialist comments:
“A new national curriculum has just been introduced to primary schools. This involves significant changes to maths, history and English teaching, among other subjects. And changes to GCSEs are 
being phased in over a number of years.”
 
A spokeswoman for the Association of School and College Leaders said it did not support the proposal for the curriculum to be graded separately. 
 
"A separate grade for curriculum could imply compliance with a set view of an imposed curriculum which may not be in the best interests of individual students. 
 
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman, Peter Ham or Liz Kennett now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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