Key Features Ofsted Inspectors Will Assess Schools On

New advice has been published by Ofsted with instructions on how to gather evidence on thorough investigations of individual subjects, as well as assess schools’ catch-up work. Here are some of the key features Ofsted’s inspections teams will be looking out for: Assess the Quality of Catch-up Tutoring Tutoring is a significant part of the…

Ofsted Identifies the Key Principles of Good Science Teaching

In the first instalment of its research review series, Ofsted has determined what it believes to be the key principles of good science teaching. Through their inspections they are planning to closely examine how science is being taught in schools. Thorough subject investigation will be used to gather evidence concerning the quality of education in…

Ofqual Reveals Grading Quality Assurance Requirements

Ofqual’s director of standards and comparability has stated that exam boards would request samples of work from every school for quality assurance. Some of the requirements include: Schools Will Need to Provide Samples of GCSE and A-Level Work Once schools submit grades, exam boards will request evidence from no less than five each of A-level and GCSE…

Why Teachers Fear Mass Covid Testing in UK Schools

Many teachers have raised concerns that the government’s plan to mass test secondary schools will be a “nightmare” as it may fail to catch asymptomatic carriers of the virus and will also give students a “false sense of security”. With schools confirmed to reopen from the 8th March, millions of students are expected to take…

School Funding Crisis Contributes to an Increase in Classroom Sizes

It comes as no surprise that classroom sizes are increasing and that schools are struggling to cope with the surge. Statistics show that the number of pupils in classes of 31 or more has risen by 30% affecting almost 1 million pupils overall since 2010. Secondary pupils have been affected the most; approximately 21,843 were…