25 Nov 2019

Interpreting the new Ofsted Framework: 10 educational challenges, part 7

A new Ofsted inspection framework is here, which means some big changes for educators – including how they use EdTech in their classrooms.

Ten-educational-challenges-part-07.PNGLevel: Primary & Secondary

The Challenge

As of 2019, Ofsted is changing its inspection methodology. Gone is its “one-size fits all” approach to school inspections. Ofsted’s aim is to find and review accurate, actionable data on what actually occurs in classrooms.

Ofsted’s new criteria, in effect from September 2019, seeks to establish a gap between the “bad data” collection of the past and “good data”.

What is meant by that? “Bad Data” refers to simply collecting statistics based on old performance metrics. Some commentators have dubbed this “national accounting”, and say it doesn’t really provide a nuanced view of student’s progress, outcomes, and the teaching environment as a whole.

“Good data” then is a more balanced, almost holistic, view, taking into account students’ strengths, weaknesses, and progress paths.

However, this is harder to measure fail/pass terms than the old, criteria-led Ofsted inspection approach. Real-time assessment is now required, which can only really be achieved by the use of suitable technology.

The Solution

Using of digital technologies to deliver quality teaching and engaging education is becoming vital in the modern classroom.

While the impact of EdTech in schools is not measured by Ofsted, it can still be used to improve the overall quality of education students receive.

One aspect of EdTech that can provide tangible results for Ofsted inspectors is Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). For those unfamiliar with VLEs, they are tools to structure, manage, and deliver learning activities and content. Some can be single solutions, such as Blackboard or Moodle, while others are composed of multiple integrated educational products in a single suit.

In this context, VLEs can help compile actual actionable, insightful data based on real learning outcomes from real students. Student work is often collated digitally with VLEs, which provides a database to dip into and analyse to see learning effectiveness. This will be key in Ofsted formulating school ratings, especially in an environment where ratings levels are becoming tighter.

EdTech, when properly used, can play a very big role in providing a quality teacher experience. This is what Ofsted is ultimately measuring after all.

The key, however, is not to let EdTech overtake or replace traditional teaching methods. Rather, it should enhance and upgrade teachers and education leaders’ ability to engage with their students in a productive, outcome-friendly manner.

Remember to keep checking into Bett for more information on how EdTech is helping educators at all levels beat the modern world’s unique educational challenges.


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