Ofsted outlines plans for new initial teacher training inspection framework


Ofsted has unveiled plans to introduce a new initial teacher training inspection framework in 2020 in a bid to ensure that early career teachers (ECTs) are adequately prepared for life in the classroom.

The new framework will have a specific focus on behaviour management, with a consultation in the early part of next year set to determine just how far-reaching the framework will be.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman said the framework, coming into force from September 2020, will help to prepare the teachers of tomorrow.

The move will ensure that newly qualified teachers “understand the important principles of behaviour management, how to teach pupils to behave and how to create an environment where pupils can learn,” she explained.

Current guidelines allow inspectors to request evidence of how training providers boost the quality of particular skills when it comes to behaviour, but the new framework could build on that.

Schools Week has also reported that the framework could include an enhanced emphasis on subject knowledge and mentoring, although that is yet to be confirmed by Ofsted.

A focus on behaviour in schools

The inspectorate has done extensive research into behaviour in the last year and has provided several recommendations to schools when it comes to embedding better quality behaviour management practices.

By altering the initial teacher training framework, greater support should be given to teachers and they should be better equipped for tackling issues in the classroom.

Ms Spielman has regularly spoken of the need for flexible approaches to behaviour policies to benefit pupils with special needs or mental health issues, and the new framework will likely provide a degree of elasticity.

Ofsted’s new school inspection framework also includes more focus on behaviour, as reflected by the behaviour and attitudes judgement within it.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has stated that the latest move from Ofsted should help to “empower teachers” so they can tackle elements of poor behaviour.

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