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September/October 2015 THE EXCHANGE

New year, new inspections by Jessica Broadbent, Journalist

Michael Wilshaw’s ‘radical changes to the way Ofsted inspects’ come into play from this month, and there are several things worth noting about the changes (Michael Wilshaw’s letter to schools, July 2015).

Herts for Learning (HfL) will be running informa- tion sessions on the new framework in September (see page 2 for details).

The main changes include:

Short inspections for good schools, approxi- mately once every three years. The purpose of these is to assess whether the setting is still good; “This is not a section 5 inspection squeezed into one day,” Andrew Cook, Regional Director for the East of England, reassured Hertfordshire head- teachers last March.

There are three possible outcomes from these inspections: the school is still a good school, the school is better than good, or the school is no longer good. If inspectors feel that the school has either improved or is no longer good, they will convert to a full section 5 inspection.

The arrangements for outstanding schools, which will not be routinely inspected, remain the same.

A new Common Inspection Framework (CIF), which is underpinned by a handbook covering all phases, for registered Early Years providers, main- tained schools and academies, further education

and skills providers and non-association inde- pendent schools. The CIF will have a greater emphasis on certain areas such as safeguarding and pupils’ outcomes, and a new judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare.

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New perspectives What researchers are telling us by Jasleen Dhillon, Policy and Practice Intern

Smaller class size has a ‘very small’ effect on the quality of teaching

Research published in June by Pearson, a publishing and education company, suggests that class size has very little impact on a child’s quality of education. It claims that teacher expertise is more effective than class size or the school a child attends.

This research is the first of two linked papers by Professor John Hattie, Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, entitled What Doesn’t Work in Education: The Politics of Distraction. It was published following concerns

that the UK has some of the biggest class sizes in the developed world, which might be negatively affecting children’s education.

Over the last 25 years Professor John Hattie has examined the evidence from a total of 113 studies in developed countries, including the UK, the US and Europe. This has revealed that lowering the number of pupils in the classroom adds about four months of teaching per year, whilst hiring a teacher with the best expertise adds about two years for every year of teaching.

Hattie argues that smaller class sizes are one of ‘the more popular ‘fixes’ for improving student learning’ that can become a distraction if overem- phasised. His evidence suggests that decreasing class size sees a positive but small effect, because teachers have a tendency to retain the same teaching methods regardless of the number of students in their class.

The full report What Doesn’t

Work in Education: The Politics of Distraction, John Hattie, Pearson, June 2015 can be found here:

There were also queries around the name, which you said misleadingly suggested the publi- cation was just for training purposes. The thinking behind The Exchange is that it is a publication all about exchanging ideas and information – with something for all school staff, not just for teachers.

You asked us to reduce the size of the paper, which we have done, making it more manageable to hold and read in the staffroom.

We welcome any comments about the paper in its new form, and hope you enjoy the read!

Jessica Broadbent

Hertfordshire first winner of new Stonewall award

Hertfordshire has been acclaimed by Stonewall yet again for its work towards promoting equality for young people. Herts for Learning and Hertford-

shire County Council have received the award for Best Performing Local Authority

2011—2015, recognising

the continual hard work of the county in this area. HfL advisers Karin Hutchinson, Kate

Stockdale and Val Hazel are Stonewall training partners and will be delivering Train the Trainer courses for school staff in the Autumn term. Train the Trainer courses give

pastoral, anti-bullying and PSHE leads the knowledge, tools and confidence to train colleagues on tackling homo- phobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying and celebrating difference, as

well as meeting the requirement of the new Ofsted inspection framework. The course will give dele-

gates practical strategies to train staff in your school on tackling

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Andrew Cook, Ofsted Regional Director for the East of England

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A new-look paper

The Exchange is the new newspaper from Herts for Learning, which has evolved from Training Times, following feedback from Hertfordshire schools last term.

As you will notice, the paper is now slightly smaller, and has been redesigned by HfL’s Graphic Designer, Niall Hargrave. There are several major changes that you suggested to us …

Your feedback revolved largely around the content. We have now included more news from schools, more sharing of good practice and more education news, and introduced a page dedicat- ed to tips for teachers, support staff and SBMs. The inclusion of this extra content has led to the paper’s extension to 12 pages.

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