Ofsted inspection programme revealed

29 March 2021

Ofsted has confirmed that the full programme of graded school inspections will resume in autumn 2021. However, from 4th May some inspections under the EIF will restart and will take place…

Ofsted recognises extraordinary efforts of schools

7 March 2021

Amanda Spielman, HMCI, speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sky News, said current Ofsted monitoring visits have shown "the extraordinary efforts that schools have been putting into remote education". In response to…

Ofsted pauses assurance inspections

7 February 2021

Ofsted has confirmed that it is “pausing” its return to assurance inspections for early years providers until 8th March “at the earliest”. Previously, Ofsted said that it would be starting assurance inspections…

IDSR updated with 2020 contextual information

2 February 2021

Ofsted has re-developed the Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR) following the introduction of the education inspection framework in 2019. The IDSR contains fewer charts and is reduced in size. Due…

Pupil motivation is waning, reports Ofsted

30 January 2021

Although remote education is helping to plug the learning gap during the COVID-19 pandemic, pupils’ engagement and motivation remain significant challenges for schools and parents, according to a new report. Published today, Ofsted’s…

Ofsted guidance on inspection updated – Jan 2021

22 January 2021

Ofsted has published their operational notes for early years, schools, independent schools, and further education and skills, which outline the guidance and details of their inspection plans from January 2021 as part of…

COVID-19 series: briefing on local areas’ SEND provision

26 November 2020

In October 2020, Ofsted  used a case-study approach, focused on a sample of children and young people with SEND, to examine what had happened to their support during the pandemic. Below is…

Exemption lifted for outstanding schools

17 November 2020

Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for School Standards, has signed off regulations lifting the exemption on inspections of outstanding schools and colleges. This means that, when Ofsted's routine inspections restart, they…

Key findings from Ofsted’s inspections data

3 November 2020

Ofsted judged a lower proportion of schools to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ in the first year of its new inspection framework, reports Schools Week.  On 29th October, Ofsted published management information on inspections conducted…

Ofsted: talking to pupils on inspection

12 October 2020

Gathering evidence from pupils to find out about their experience of school is an essential part of any school inspection. Ofsted has provided guidance for inspectors on talking to pupils during…