Earlier this month Ofsted released a document outlining some highly significant changes to the school inspection regime. These changes, which have come about after an extensive session of public consultation, are summarised below in three key points:
- More frequent, but shorter inspections of good maintained schools and academies
The vast majority of those involved with the consultation agreed that more frequent but shorter inspections were the right way forward. This means that good maintained schools and academies will now be inspected every three years as opposed to every seven.This will allow inspectors to identify any issues early on and is also intended to reduce the disturbance associated with full inspections.
- A new Common Inspection Framework for all education inspections
From September 2015, a common approach will be taken to all education inspections to ensure greater consistency and make it easier for parents, pupils, learners and employers to compare different providers and make more informed choices.This new approach will apply to all settings on the early years register, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools, and further education and skills providers.
Sean Halford, Ofsted’s National Director of Schools, has said that it will “focus on keeping young people safe, the breadth of the curriculum in schools, the relevance of courses and training in further education and skills, and the quality of early learning”.
- Full inspections of every non-association independent school in the country by July 2018
As a matter of fairness, all non-association independent schools will receive an inspection under the new Common Inspection Framework and against the revised independent school standards over the next three years.This proposal was supported by the majority of those involved in the consultation, including the small number of people who identified themselves as working in non-association independent schools.
To read the proposal document in full click here.