Focus on Curriculum

With the publication last month of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework (link here), it is clear that curriculum offer and providing a clear rationale for it and evidence of its enactment will form the key focus of Ofsted inspections from September. With that in mind, I have pulled together a collection of more than 20 blogs on curriculum design which will be useful to those considering the need to look again at curriculum on a school, phase or department level. You can find these by clicking on the curriculum tab at the top of the page.

I was lucky enough, last month to attend ResearchEd Durrington where Prof Daniel Muijs, Deputy Director of Research and Evaluation for Ofsted, gave the keynote speech, explaining in detail what the new framework would mean in practice. I have summarised his speech in a blogpost (link here) which I hope will prove a useful introduction to the new framework and its implications.

Elsewhere, Tom Sherrington has compiled a list of key research links on his blog (link here) which I have also added under the Reports and Publications tab at the top of the page.

As you can see, the website is gradually growing, but the pages for primary and many of the subject areas are still quite empty. I would be grateful for any links that people would like to share for those sites and any others you might like to suggest. You can email me at with any suggestions for how to improve the website: our aim is to make it a useful tool for all GFM staff.

Best wishes




GFM Research Website: first steps

Welcome to the new GFM Research website. We want this to become a place where all GFM staff can  access links to useful information and resources to help keep up to date with the latest educational research and also to high-quality subject-specific resources to help reduce our workload.

In order to make this website a genuinely useful resource, we need your help. Please email links to any websites, resources or articles that you feel colleagues would find interesting so that we can build a comprehensive reference site for everyone to use.

Best wishes

Eliza O’Driscoll

Research Lead, GFM Institute of Education