Curriculum strong at East Wickham
Things that may benefit others around our recent Ofsted inspection:
- The ‘call’ was earlier than expected (four years from our last inspection would have been April 2020) and the initial phone call lasted only 40 minutes.
- Reading was a mandatory deep dive – we chose the others (Maths, History and Spanish).
- Inspectors were keen to check that our curriculum is as “effective as the National Curriculum” and wanted to see our master timetable immediately.
- Inspectors asked all staff members whether they had read Keeping Children Safe in Education and about safeguarding procedures and information-sharing.
- The only data looked at was for Year 2 children who did not ‘pass’ phonics screening in Year 1.
The areas of strength identified by the inspectors were:
- The wider curriculum was secure and well implemented including ‘exceptional’ Spanish provision
- Behaviour and personal development
- Reading and maths
- Workload reduction and staff wellbeing
- SEND provision
Aspects that made these strengths stand out were:
- The design and sequence of the wider curriculum matched teaching in practice.
- Children’s positive attitudes to learning were observed and noted.
- Children could express how reading helps them in other curriculum areas.
- Staff responded positively in the staff survey about their workload and respect for their PPA time.
Inspectors were able to identify these strengths because:
- Curriculum intent was clear, the implementation was evident and the impact was seen in children’s workbooks, displays and by talking to children.
- In conversation with inspectors, children felt valued, displayed a ‘growth mind-set’ and clearly understood safeguarding.
- Inspectors listened to children from the lowest 20% read in Reception and Year 1 and observed the input of the EYFS teacher as she listened to children read. They also scrutinised the Reading and English planning.