What do we mean by 'curriculum'?
Under the 2019 framework, inspectors judge your school’s ‘quality of education’. This means Ofsted can rely less on exam results as a measure of quality by taking a school's broader curriculum offering into account.
Ofsted has a working definition to help inspectors have the right conversations with schools about their curriculum, but it all boils down to:
- Intent: what you want pupils to know, and be able to do, by the time they leave your school (in other words, curriculum planning)
- Implementation: how the curriculum is being delivered
- Impact: how the curriculum is making a difference
Maintained schools are required to follow the National Curriculum.
Although not required to, many academies also follow it because their funding agreements say so. Academies might also choose to follow it to make sure they meet their inspection standards.
As a governor or trustee, you'll monitor individual subjects within the curriculum