Applying The Ofsted Education Inspection Framework To The Teaching Of Mathematics

Ofsted released a proposal for its updated Education Inspection Framework on Wednesday 16th January 2019. The framework has been released to encourage schools to build knowledge-rich curricula, which allow pupils opportunities to revisit topics to build skills over time. Ofsted are also keen to see school leaders protect their staff from additional workload.

We have put together some easy-to-implement ideas showing how Third Space Learning can support schools in ensuring their Maths curriculum and Maths teaching are in line with the developments in the new Ofsted framework.

The EIF asks that ‘within the curriculum, there are planned opportunities for sufficient revisiting of previously learned knowledge, concepts and procedures to ensure that, once learned, mathematical knowledge becomes deeply embedded in pupils’ memories.

As part of any Third Space Learning lesson, each pupil is given the opportunity to practise various skills and procedures as part of the warm-up at the start of their lesson to ensure there are consistent opportunities for revisiting a variety of learned knowledge, concepts and procedures.

arithmetic warm up

Similarly, schools can ensure sufficient revisiting of previously learned knowledge in mathematics by using Fluent in Five and Rapid Reasoning as part of their daily routine.

Rapid reasoning for Year 6

A simple way of ensuring ‘there are objective assessments that can identify when all pupils have gained the intended understanding and unconscious competence in knowledge, concepts and procedures necessary before they move on to new or more complex content’ without adding to teacher workload could mean using Pre- and Post-Unit Assessments before and after covering a unit in mathematics – a comprehensive selection of such assessments are provided on the Third Space Learning Maths Hub (accessible to schools whose pupils are taking part in our 1-to-1 intervention programmes as well as those who have signed up to Maths Hub Premium).

Year 5 Geometry Pre-Unit Diagnostic Assessment

The latest EIF proposals suggest ‘the school has taken steps to ensure that all teachers of mathematics, including non-specialist teachers of mathematics, have sufficient mathematical and teaching content knowledge to deliver the topics they teach effectively’ – schools who have pupils signed up to our intervention programmes or those who have subscribed to Maths Hub Premium can access our CPD video library, including our Maths in Minutes series, best practice videos for primary Maths strategies presented by leading practitioners.

According to the EIF proposal, inspectors will also be looking out for the following: ‘pupils’ mathematical knowledge is developed and used, where appropriate, across the curriculum’. We have plenty of cross-curricular Maths ideas, which are demonstrated on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts, as well as articles on our website, like our Outdoor Maths blog, which can be used for inspiration in developing Maths across the curriculum.

The draft EIF asks that schools’ curricula ‘anticipate practical problems they are likely to encounter in adult life’. The questions posed during the 1-to-1 intervention lessons led by Third Space Learning’s specialist Maths tutors do exactly that.

Finally, the proposed inspection framework states: ‘Those pupils behind age-related expectations are provided with the opportunities to learn the mathematical knowledge and skills necessary to catch up with their peers’. Given that Third Space Learning’s specialist 1-to-1 Maths interventions have been shown to deliver 7 months’ progress in just 14 weeks, our programmes demonstrate a school’s efforts to help pupils who are behind AREs catch up with their peers.

Want to speak to the team about how we can help your target pupils meet AREs in Maths? Get in touch here. 

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Further Reading:

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Pupil Premium Strategies to Support Your KS2 Pupils 

Ofsted Deep Dives: The Questions Every Primary School Leader Should Expect

Your Maths Intervention Must-Have: Formative Diagnostic Assessment Tests

Alexander Athienitis
Alexander Athienitis
Social Media Manager
Alexander was most recently a Year 6 teacher in Tower Hamlets. He is working on developing the Maths Hub and sharing the power of 1-to-1 interventions via Third Space Learning's social media channels.

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