This short article aims to give an overview of ‘Behaviour and Attitudes’, which is one of the new key judgements in the 2019 Education Inspection Framework (EIF). Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (PDBW) from the old CIF has gone. It has been replaced by two new key judgements in the Further Education & Skills Inspection Handbook (July 2019). There is one new Key Judgement on behaviour and attitudes and one Key Judgement on personal development. Teasing PD & BW apart seems to make reporting on them in the SAR clearer with what appears to be less overlap between the two new key judgements.
Behaviour and attitudes as we would expect will form part of observations, in classroom and workshops, with employers and in the wider learning environment. The use of registers to record and monitor attendance remains a key feature.
Safeguarding plays a big part in the behaviour and attitudes key judgement. Inspectors will draw on the responses to the Ofsted on-line questionnaires that become available at the point of inspection. Questionnaires will be made available to students, staff, parent/carers and employers under the new framework. A Questionnaire for staff is a new element for 2019. There is an expectation that the Ofsted questionnaires will be completed, and Inspectors are interested to hear “how respondents feel about the provider and how well supported and respected they feel in the provider” (p52). Once again, we see a positive learning culture as an intrinsic part of this key judgement.
Interestingly in the good criteria for behaviour and attitudes we see reference to attendance and punctuality linked to on-line learning and virtual learning environments.
Below Table 1 which shows the difference in the Key Judgements between the old CIF (2017) and the new EIF (2019). Details of all the key judgement criteria can be found in the ‘Further Education and Skills Inspection Handbook’ July 2019.
Let’s have a look at the grade descriptors for behaviour and attitudes. Anything in italics in this article is my own view or interpretation otherwise I have taken the information directly from the new Ofsted Further Education and Skills Inspection Handbook, published in July 2019, reference 190021.
The behaviour and attitudes key judgement considers how “leaders and staff create a safe, disciplined and positive environment within the provider and the impact this has on the behaviour and attitudes of learners” p51
GRADE DESCRIPTORS P 53-54
The main detail of the grade descriptors can be found in the section on Good (grade 2) – it appears you must meet the Good criteria and then meet additional criteria to be graded as Outstanding.
Outstanding (grade 1)
In the addition, the following apply
Outstanding (grade 1)
Good (grade 2) inspectors will use a ‘best fit’ approach, relying on the professional judgement of the inspection team
In summary some key words to give a favour of the ‘behaviour and attitudes’ Key judgement
High expectations of learners behaviour & conduct, mutual respect, bullying or harassment are never tolerated and rarely experienced, rights and responsibilities, improvement over time, attendance is high & sustained, punctuality is important, motivation, engagement and commitment to learning, positive learning culture that values and nurtures difference, high participation in skills competitions or social action projects, effective study skills, learners feel safe & confident to report incidents of bullying, harassment or discrimination and are confident that staff will take swift and appropriate action, high attendance and punctuality in on-line learning/distance learning and virtual learning environments, self-control, courtesy and pride in themselves, the college and their employers.
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