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Last reviewed on 31 August 2021
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Ofsted's 'quality of education' measure puts your curriculum in the spotlight. Find out how inspectors will judge your intent, implementation and impact, and the evidence they'll draw on. Also see details of the updated transitional period.

Transitional period until March 2022 at least

  • The transitional period refers to Ofsted's curriculum transition arrangements, which were put in place to help schools transition to the 2019 Ofsted framework. These arrangements were previously extended to July 2021
  • Ofsted will review these transitional arrangements and statements in March 2022
  • During the preparation phone call, the lead inspector will ask about the specific impact of COVID-19 on your school community and how you've responded, including any specific plans you have for the transitional period

See paragraph 7 and footnote 3, and paragraph 9 of the School Inspection Handbook for September 2021.

The updated School Inspection Handbook for September 2021 includes the curriculum transition statements in the 'good' grade descriptors for curriculum intent that were also present in the previous handbook. See below paragraph 225 of the handbook.

Ofsted recognises the challenges placed on schools during the pandemic, including that most schools

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