Ofsted graded inspections will be back in September

30 March 2021

Ofsted has confirmed that it will inspect schools and further education and skills (FES) providers in the summer term, to provide reassurance about how well children and learners are catching up, but it will not resume a full programme of graded inspections until September.

Phased return for Ofsted inspections

4 December 2020

Full, graded, Ofsted inspections will not resume until the summer term, the Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed, although the regulator will conduct supportive monitoring inspections to those schools and colleges currently judged “inadequate” and some that “require improvement”.

Removal of the outstanding exemption

8 October 2020

We reported in January on a consultation taking place after concerns were raised that the exemption from routine Ofsted inspection granted to outstanding schools was leaving some uninspected for several years (see “Government to call time on outstanding exemption”).

New focus on the ITE curriculum

25 June 2020

Ofsted has published a new initial teacher education (ITE) framework aiming to ensure that future inspections focus more on the substance of the ITE curriculum, and how well trainees are prepared to teach, and less on outcomes data.