Secondary Education: Curriculum

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 36W, on secondary education: curriculum, whether he expects Ofsted to take into account non-statutory guidance accompanying the National Curriculum when inspecting a school.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

Ofsted inspectors are required by the framework for inspection to evaluate the extent to which learning programmes match learners' aspirations and potential, building on their prior attainment and experience, and how far the curriculum meets external requirements and is responsive to local circumstances. External requirements are those of the National Curriculum, but inspectors would also be aware of other guidance received by schools. The Chief Inspector will consider what if any additional advice needs to be provided to inspectors in the light of guidance issued to schools.

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