05 March 2019
ASCL welcomes Ofsted’s consultation on the 2019 education inspection framework. The decision to publish not only the draft framework but also the draft handbook and underlying research suggests that Ofsted is taking a genuinely consultative approach to the significant changes it proposes.
We have produced this provisional response to the consultation in the same spirit. We will submit a full response in due course. In the meantime, however, we hope that the points we raise below will prove useful both to school and college leaders seeking to engage with the consultation, and to Ofsted in gaining early sight of the views of ASCL members.
The views expressed here are a result of extensive consultation with ASCL Council, our policymaking body, which consists of around 60 ASCL members elected to represent their region or sector. We have also drawn on discussions with around 1000 members during our series of regional information conferences in the autumn term and a further 400 members at ASCL events since the consultation was formally launched.