Special schools can teach us about curriculum

Ofsted's new inspection framework shows little consideration for special education, say Mark Enser and Simon Knight

Ofsted can learn a lot about curriculum from looking at special education, says one head

Ofsted plans to make curriculum construction and implementation a much more prominent focus in inspections from September 2019. Thus far, special schools largely seem to have been an afterthought in the research underpinning this shift. Simon Knight, joint headteacher of a special school, and Mark Enser, geography teacher and research lead at a mainstream secondary, discuss why this is a huge oversight.

Mark Enser: When I read the Ofsted research, I didn’t even notice the lack of special schools being visited. Do you think it is common for them to be overlooked in this way? What do you think ...

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