The subsidiary guidance supporting the inspection of maintained schools and academies was published on 9th January (doc & pdf). If you work in schools it’s well worth a read. Here are a few highlights I picked out.
69. A curriculum with breadth and balance in maintained schools is likely to consist of the National Curriculum subjects, religious education (RE) and a variety of other courses and programmes, including extra-curricular and enhancement activities put on by the school and its partners. Where a school does not provide the National Curriculum and RE, inspectors will need to fully explore the school’s reasons.
In the light of concerns about the sidelining of RE this may be an encouragement.
84 An important aspect of the overall effectiveness judgement is a consideration of how well the school contributes to the promotion of the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
SMSC gets several mentions, reaffirming it’s place in the ethos of a school, and there’s a restatement of the basic evaluation criteria, “Pupils ~ development is shown by:…”
64 Check that the school takes reasonable steps to ensure that pupils are safe on the school site, for example by monitoring visitors or volunteers or those using the premises during school time.
If you’re a visitor/volunteer, expect to be monitored – you know it’s right!