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Does Ofsted’s use of research require improvement?

Ofsted says its new inspection framework is the most ‘research-informed’ in its history. Sir Kevan Collins investigates

How does the research behind Ofsted's new inspection framework stack up?

Transparency takes bravery. In the short term, it might have been easier if Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman and her research team, led by Professor Daniel Muijs, had chosen to hide the working behind the new Ofsted framework, which was published in draft form two weeks ago. Instead, when the consultation was launched, they also published a fully referenced document, setting out the rationale and sources supporting their proposals.

Ironically, by sharing the evidence base on which the framework is built, Ofsted has made it easier for others to challenge its work. But this openness is ...

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