BEP Blog – Issue 35

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Changes to short inspections 

As you may be aware, arrangements for short inspections have changed as of January 2018. Ofsted inspection handbooks have been updated to reflect the changes. The possible outcomes are summarised in the diagram below:

Outcome 1: the school continues to be a good school (or an outstanding school for outstanding specials, PRUs or nurseries).

Outcome 2for good mainstream schools: the lead inspector has gathered evidence that suggests the school may be inadequate in one or more of the graded judgements under section 5 inspections; there are serious concerns about safeguarding, pupils’ behaviour or the quality of education; there are concerns that the school may be inadequate in one or more of the graded judgements under section 5 inspections. For outstanding special schools, PRUs or nurseries: the lead inspector thinks the school may require improvement or be inadequate. The short inspection will be converted to a section 5 inspection, usually within 48 hours.

Outcome 3: the lead inspector is not satisfied that the school would receive at least its current grade if a section 5 inspection were carried out now. The school will be informed that its next inspection will be a section 5 inspection, which will typically take place within one to two years. Note that for outstanding special schools, PRUs and nurseries (‘non-exempt’ schools) outcome 3 applies if the lead inspector thinks the school may be judged to be good and not remain at outstanding if a section 5 were carried out now. 

Outcome 4: the school remains good and there is sufficient evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school may be judged outstanding if it received a section 5 inspection now. The school will be informed that its next inspection will be a section 5 inspection, which will typically take place within one to two years.

Tracy

Director of Continuous School Improvement, Birmingham Education Partnership

View the updated inspection handbooks

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