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Learn what Ofsted means by 'curriculum', how to know if your school's is good and how to challenge it to make it even better. See questions Ofsted might ask you and tips on how to think through your answers.

Many thanks to our associate education experts Gulshan Kayembe, Hafise Nazif and Ian Preston for their input in this article.

Understand the role of the curriculum in the 'quality of education' judgement

Ofsted has put the curriculum in the spotlight. Under its current framework, introduced in 2019, the 'quality of education' judgement has replaced the old 'teaching, learning and assessment' and 'pupil outcomes' judgements.

Inspectors now look at a school's broader curriculum offering as measure of school quality, reducing the reliance on exam results. 

In practice, this means your school needs to be clear on the answers to 3 key questions:

  1. What are you trying to achieve through your curriculum? (Intent)
  2. How is your curriculum being delivered? (Implementation)
  3. What difference is your curriculum making? (Impact

We have another article on how Ofsted inspects 'quality of education', which goes into the judgement in greater depth.

Ofsted found that there's no common definition