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PE and the new Ofsted Framework

By Sharon Denney

At first glance, the new Ofsted Inspection framework appears to have little mention of Physical Education, except for the expected focus on the PE Premium funding. However, for those who take the time to look deeper, there are close links between the new Physical Education curriculum, School Sport and several elements of the new Inspection guidance, exemplifying opportunities for PE and Sport (PES) to make a significant contribution to wider School Improvement.

PES has the potential to impact on three of the judgements within the new framework; Overall Effectiveness, Leadership and Management and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. PE Subject leaders should familiarise themselves with the new framework and consider how they might be able to evidence the impact of the work they are doing. This article will consider the various aspects of the new framework that are relevant to PES and the implications for practice in schools.

Leadership and Management

The most explicit mention of PE within the new Ofsted framework comes, as we would expect, within the judgement on Leadership and Management, where we are told that Inspectors should consider ‘how effectively leaders use the PE and sport premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils, and how effectively governors hold them to account for this’. Implicit in this statement is the expectation that school leaders, including the PE leader and the senior

Sources of Support

 Arrange training for your governors on the PE Premium key questions for evaluating how effectively funds are allocated. Email: sharon.

 Download the free document ‘Evidencing the Impact of Primary PE and Sport Premium’

which provides a template and guidance for information to be included on school websites. You can find it here: http://bit. ly/1QrRxjX

 Visit www.blueprintconsultancy. to download a range of audit materials for free

 Book onto KCC’s course ‘ Evidencing the Impact of the PE premium and preparing for Ofsted’. Full details available through cpdonline, course code SCH15 / 1256

 Book a 1-day school based PE Premium Review for advice and support on identifying

priorities, development planning and evaluating outcomes. Email:

 Enrol your PE Subject Leader in the Level 5/6 PE Specialism and Subject Leadership course and equip them with a national qualification to develop their subject knowledge. Email: sharon.

leadership team, are making strategic decisions about how the funding is used within the school. PE premium budgets should be underpinned by an audit trail, evidencing how spending decisions were made and what outcomes are anticipated as a result. The impact of the spending should also be closely monitored so that schools can articulate how the funding has impacted on pupils, through both quantitative and qualitative measures. Processes should be in place for regular reporting to governors on the use of the funds and governors should use monitoring strategies that enable them to evaluate whether outcomes

for pupils are sustainable and represent value for money. Also in the judgement on leadership and management comes the expectation that Inspectors will consider ‘the quality of continuing professional development for teachers at the start and middle of their careers and later, and how leaders use performance management to promote effective practice across the school’.

With PE now carrying a significant funding allocation, for which schools are being held to account, the training and development of the PE leader has never been more important. PE is the only curriculum subject that comes with its own ring-fenced budget and so it would seem sensible that delivery of the expected outcomes should be linked to the professional development and performance management of the subject leader.

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