Intent, implementation, impact – how can Star Assessments and Accelerated Reader help with the proposed new Ofsted framework?
By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager
“We are proposing an evolutionary shift that rebalances inspection to look rather more closely at the substance of education: what is taught and how it is taught.”
– Ofsted Chief inspector Amanda Spielman in the foreword to the new framework consultation
If you’re connected to the world of British education in any way, you’ll have heard about the new Ofsted framework, which was released in a first-draft form on Wednesday 16th January and is open for consultation until April 2019. (Click here to read the new framework on the Ofsted website, and to participate in the consultation.) It will come into play from September this year.
A focus on curriculum
The new framework is really centred around curriculum – what is being taught and how – with inspections focusing less on results and instead more on the intent, implementation and impact of the curriculum. Here, we’ve outlined how Renaissance products – particularly Star Assessments and Accelerated Reader – can aid primary and secondary educators in achieving what Ofsted will be looking for.
It goes without saying that the ability to read, and read well, is absolutely key to student development. Accelerated Reader enables young people at all stages of their education, from KS1 to KS4, to improve their reading ability as well as increase their enjoyment of it (key to developing lifelong learners). Using Accelerated Reader alongside Star Reading enables educators to set clear, accurate targets for student growth in literacy, supported by accurate data. And improvements in literacy translate directly to development in other areas of the curriculum too.
And Accelerated Reader does this for all pupils, from the most disadvantaged to the highest-achieving, with its adaptive technology to challenge pupils of all abilities.
The implementation area of the curriculum is really where teachers get to shine. This area is all about how teachers teach, both day-to-day and what the whole half-term, term and academic year looks like.
Star Assessments has been designed to make teachers’ and educators’ lives easier. By eliminating the need for paper-based tests and marking, the amount of time saved is immense – giving teachers more time to get back to teaching. One of Renaissance’s key objectives from the beginning has been to empower teachers to transform experiences, achieve growth, and make an outstanding impact for every student. Our products don’t teach students – they help teachers teach students.
One key element of the new Ofsted framework is a promise that inspectors will focus less on raw data and assessment results – a victory for educators which has been long-fought for! But teachers still need to be aware of each student’s academic journey and progress. Star Assessments in both reading and maths have always offered attainment-tracking support through Student Growth Percentiles alongside other useful, easily-comparable data – which allows teachers and schools to tailor other areas of the curriculum. It all links together!
As well as this, Accelerated Reader’s adaptive quizzing technology and effective standardised tracking methodology in the form of ZPD scales is another way for teachers to measure impact quickly and easily.
Ofsted can be a word that educators dread hearing. But as leaders in educational development, Renaissance are here for you to make your lives as teachers easier. Whether you need to prepare for an Ofsted inspection, reduce unmanageable teacher workloads, encourage your students to love reading – or you just want an expert’s view on UK education news, let us help.
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Strategic Education Manager
Margaret Allen is Strategic Education Manager for Primary schools at Renaissance Learning. She uses practical experience from her time teaching in primary classrooms to help teachers across the UK to get the most out of Accelerated Reader.