Pro Bono Economics calls for Ofsted to prioritise children’s wellbeing during school inspections

4 April 2019

On April 4th Pro Bono Economics submitted a response to the draft Education Inspection Framework from the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).

The key points it makes are:

  • A more holistic approach from Ofsted to assessing the quality of education lends itself to schools adopting more broad-based and creative – yet proven – means of boosting children’s attainment and wellbeing;
  • Relieving pressure on schools/teachers via the introduction of a more rounded ‘quality of education’ judgement could help contribute towards better children’s performance against ‘traditional’ metrics (such as attainment) regardless;
  • A greater focus on the substance of education (including meaningful physical education) should give schools a better chance of creating an environment that contributes towards higher levels of children’s wellbeing.