Ofsted looks to subject experts to enhance inspection teams


Ofsted is taking steps to enhance its inspectorial teams in a bid to ensure that all staff have the skills needed to deliver its new inspection framework.

According to TES, the inspectorate is keen to hire experts with specific subject knowledge for several leading roles across the country.

The move should ensure that Ofsted inspectors have the adequate knowledge and experience to carry out ‘deep dives’ into certain subjects, a factor that is included in the new framework.

Nine lead roles will focus on nine subjects – English, maths, modern foreign languages, science, geography, religious education and music, as well as early maths and early reading.

Alongside training inspectors and looking at schools, those in the new roles will also be expected to stay on top of developments in their subject specialisms.

A focus on subject teaching

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman placed an emphasis on specific subject teaching in the foreword to the latest set of job adverts.

“Our new framework emphasises the importance of curriculum choices and sequencing to ensure all pupils learn the knowledge they need to lead fulfilling lives and play their part in society,” she said.

Ultimately, this should enhance the levels of expertise among inspectors through skill sharing and development, a factor that should also help to drive up classroom standards.

Greater expertise among inspectors should also mean that they have a better understanding of effective approaches and best practice, information that can then be shared with the wider education sector.

Ofsted has suggested that wider recruitment will follow before the end of the current academic year, meaning that all national curriculum subjects could eventually have a subject-specific lead.

The inspectorate has previously said that additional support was being provided for school inspectors to ensure that the new framework is used as intended.

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