Ofsted announces future reforms

21/03/2014

Today, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of schools, Sir. Michael Wilshaw, proposed new changes to the Ofsted inspection framework, which will see the amount of Section 5 school inspections for ‘good’ schools reduced.
 
At the ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders) conference in Birmingham, Mr Wilshaw said his reforms will mean Ofsted inspectors visit the 60% of Ofsted rated good schools once every two years, for one day. At present, Ofsted rated good schools, are visited once every five years for three days, for a full inspection.
 
He said, “In my view, good schools no longer need to be subject to routine inspections in the way that they are now. Instead they should have more frequent but light-touch visits every two to three years by an HMI, whose job it will be to engage in professional dialogue with senior staff.
 
“Only when inspectors see steep decline in a good school or, conversely, great improvement, that a full inspection will be triggered…Even if the HMI does see some problems in a school, a full inspection may not be required – as long as school leaders are tackling problems effectively and have the capacity to improve the school.”
 
This morning, on an interview with BBC Radio 4, Mr Wilshaw expanded on this, saying, “There is little point in school inspectors turning up once every four or five years to confirm what a good school already knows and what the data already says. We would much rather use inspection resources - particularly HMI resources - in schools that require stronger intervention; in schools that are in special measures or that require improvement.”
  
He also said that, as he has stated previously, he is keen to ensure more inspectors are directly employed by Ofsted. “Inspection, as far as I’m concerned, is just too important for Ofsted simply to simply have oversight of third party arrangements.”
 
You can read Sir. Michael Wilshaw's full speech here.

You can hear the full clip from BBC Radio 4 and read more about the interview on the BBC website here
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