At the beginning of 2019, the proposed Education Improvement Framework (EIF) was released for all to see.
If you’ve tried to read the changes and thought, “hey wait, what?” or even: “gosh, this is long” – education-software company Angel Solutions have put together a nifty website, so you can see the biggest proposed changes at a glance.
Here’s a quick look at what the proposed changes mean, in the grand scheme of things:
In order to achieve a good Ofsted inspection, you have to run a good school. Or at least, that’s the way it should be.
Yet, as teachers know all too well — the pressure of being ‘tested’ at something can make some try to bend rules, find short cuts, or even lose sight of the bigger picture altogether in the pursuit of ‘good’ results.
The new framework proposal is designed to shake up the way we teach, the way we assess, and the way we approach Ofsted.
It directs schools to focus on providing children with a rich, solid foundation of knowledge and skills that will help prepare them for later life – rather than ‘teaching to the test’.
In turn, schools will need to provide a purposeful curriculum that progressively builds a deep body of knowledge.
Curriculums will be assessed on three things – Intent (aims), Imple-mentation (methods) and Impact (evaluation and expectations).
How you choose to provide the curriculum is generally up to you, but the big take-away is that the focus should be on the quality of overall learning (not gaming the system to achieve ‘good scores’)!
Overall, the proposal seems to signal a genuine movement towards teaching becoming education over exams… and we think that’s bloomin’ marvellous.
Need a hand with SEF, or worried about the impact these changes will have on workload?
Luckily, Angel Solutions are here to help with education software geared specifically to support you through these changes – whether you need to balance your day-to-day class-room data, or just get a broader perspective or what’s happening in your school.
Log onto www.angelsolutions.co.uk/EIF to see all the EIF changes, and take a peek at how perspective and balance can help.