Ofsted address ‘myth’ of curriculum intent

Ofsted has acknowledged and addressed the myth surrounding the quality of education judgement outlined in the school inspection handbook, specifically, focusing on the misconception surrounding the term ‘intent’.

In a blog article published on the 1 July, Ofsted clarified that the use of the term ‘intent’, in relation to the curriculum, refers to what school leaders intend pupils to learn. Thus, good intent will encompass a curriculum that is ambitious, coherently planned and sequenced, demonstrates inclusivity and a broad and balanced curriculum, as outlined in section five of the handbook.

As such, when assessing the educational intent of a school, inspectors will focus on and consider the curriculum leadership provided by senior subject and curriculum leaders, as well as the extent to which the school’s curriculum provides pupils with the knowledge and skills required.

Ofsted reiterated that there is no one particular curriculum model that it advocates over another, meaning that there is no need for schools to make drastic changes such as carrying out a restructure of staffing for the purpose of covering intent in the curriculum.