Ofsted review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges

10 June 2021

Ofsted was asked by the government to carry out a rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. They were asked to report on the following:  Safeguarding and curriculumMulti-agency…

Challenges facing small school headteachers

6 June 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hlQZ6pSGLY Ofsted has published a new video from Mike Sheri​​dan​​ ​(Regional Director, London) ​who discusses how Ofsted understands the challenges that small primary schools face and emphasises the importance of the 90-minute…

New national director for Ofsted

1 June 2021

Sean Harford, Ofsted's current national director, will be retiring at the end of August 2021. Chris Russell is currently Ofsted’s regional director for the south east, having previously held the…

Ofsted’s RE research review published

24 May 2021

Ofsted has identified the key principles of teaching a ‘high-quality’ religious education (RE) curriculum in its latest research review. Reporting in Schools Week, James Carr has summarised the key pieces of advice. 1.…

Spielman: Catch-up might take 3 years

21 May 2021

In an interview with Will Hazell, Education Correspondent at 'i', Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Ofsted, said that providing catch-up would be the work of years. Asked how long schools would…

Ofsted blog: Geography in outstanding primary schools.

15 May 2021

Iain Freeland HMI, Ofsted's subject lead for geography, has written a report following 23 geography subject inspections in outstanding primary schools. The strengths include: Overall, curriculum planning was well thought through, and…

Ofsted blog: Languages in outstanding primary schools

5 May 2021

Michael Wardle HMI, subject lead for languages, has written a report following languages subject inspections in 24 primary schools rated as outstanding, which were chosen at random. You can access the…

Ofsted: Research review series – science

4 May 2021

John Roberts, in TES reports that Ofsted has identifies the principles it says underpin a quality science education.  Through a study of existing research and literature, Ofsted says it has identified…

Ofsted blog: Spring term monitoring inspections

1 May 2021

Chris Jones, the Director of Corporate Strategy at Ofsted has written a blog about how schools are moving forward despite the challenges they are facing due to the pandemic following…

Ofsted blog: History in outstanding primary schools

29 April 2021

Ofsted have recently published HMI Tim Jenner's blog where he discusses the findings from Ofsted's history subject inspections which took place between January and March 2020. Ofsted inspected the quality of…

School inspection handbooks updated

19 April 2021

HMI, Sean Harford, Ofsted's National Director for Education, has written a blog explaining the changes to Ofsted's school inspection handbooks. The changes have been made in light of the coronavirus pandemic, which…

New helpline launched for sexual abuse victims in schools

5 April 2021

A new helpline to support potential victims of sexual harassment and abuse in education settings has been launched. The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663.  The dedicated number…