The Mental Health Foundation has responded to Ofsted’s consultation on their new inspection framework
Summary of the main recommendations from our submission to Ofsted Education Inspection Framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education
- The new ‘Behaviour and attitudes’ judgement category should be renamed ‘Behaviour, attitudes and inclusion’ to give clearer priority to inclusion.
- The inspection framework should be clear that inspectors are expected to evaluate the effectiveness of exclusions for the excluded learner as well as their effectiveness in creating an ordered school environment.
- Providers should not be judged ‘outstanding’ against the behaviour criteria if they have had to permanently exclude a pupil.
- Ofsted inspectors should evaluate the extent to which providers can deliver an individualised, graduated response when poor behaviour might be the result of educational, mental health, other needs or vulnerabilities.
- Ofsted should explicitly define what the framework means by ‘character’ and ‘resilience’.
- The framework should clearly state that education providers have a duty to protect and promote the wellbeing of the learners in their care through a whole-school approach to wellbeing promotion.
- Ofsted should ensure that its framework is compatible with and does not disincentivise the use of wellbeing measures in schools. Ofsted should discuss with the DfE what guidance they are likely to be producing on this topic.