The schools inspectorate in England (Ofsted) aspires to become a research hub. How might or should this affect Computing?Read More
If ICT or Computing is inspected in your school, what attributes would you like the inspector to have?Read More
Derek Blunt takes issue with inspectors' jargon.Read More
David Brown, Ofsted's National Lead for Computing, answers some common questions.
For those not in Britain, Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, aka the inspectorate.
As well as a very entertaining keynote lecture by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, there were three sessions:
The guidance provided by Ofsted on what constitutes a grade of “Outstanding” in subjects is currently under review. This is a good time for them to consider a minimalist approach: what two or three factors should be instrumental in coming to a judgement? In my opinion, the more tick-boxes you have, the less useful the whole exercise becomes. I wonder: are there a few key things which determine whether a school’s offering in Computing and ICT is good or not, and which, if tweaked, could transform a low grade into a higher one?
I’m always interested in such things, and that interest was reignited today when I read an article I’d written in 2005. Apart from the documentation referred to, I believe it is still accurate, and pertinent – and could be applied to the inspection of individual subject areas like Computing and ICT as to a whole school or Local Authority.
Anyway, see what you think.