Ofsted has announced its new arrangements for inspecting schools from January 2012. Ofsted will focus more extensively on the quality of teaching when judging the quality of schools, with inspectors spending most of their time in classrooms. Inspections will now focus on four areas, replacing a list of 26 separate assessments. There is also a move away from looking at the social context and deprivation of a school's intake. Instead of measuring the so-called "contextual value added" inspectors will look at the "value added" of how much progress pupils make from when they arrive in the school.
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