OFSTED Quotations About IndependenceJanuary 31, 2014
The following are recent quotations from OFSTED publications, referring to independence and independent learning. Spot the odd one out.
From the December 2013 OFSTED handbook:
Not all aspects of learning, for example pupils’ engagement, interest, concentration, determination, resilience and independence, may be seen in a single observation.
From the December 2013 additional guidance for inspectors:
Do not expect to see ‘independent learning’ in all lessons and do not make the assumption that this is always necessary or desirable.
From HCMI’s letter to inspectors (January 22nd, 2014) referring to the guidance quoted above:
I still see inspection reports, occasionally from HMI, which ignore this and earlier guidance and, irritatingly, give the impression that we are still telling teachers how to teach. Let me give you a few examples from recent reports I have just read:
‘Teaching will improve if more time is given to independent learning’…
…In summary, inspectors should report on the outcomes of teaching rather than its style. So please, please, please think carefully before criticising a lesson because it doesn’t conform to a particular view of how children should be taught.
From the OFSTED report for Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Sports College, inspected 9-10 January, and published today:
Behaviour is not outstanding because students across the school have yet to demonstrate through their progress exceptional independence…