Conservatives pledge to boost Ofsted’s power to inspect schools

The Conservatives plan to increase Ofsted’s powers to inspect schools in England with longer, more detailed inspection visits and increased fundingin stark contrast with Labour and Liberal Democrat manifesto proposals to abolish the watchdog in its current form. The Guardian reports

Arguing that Ofsted is widely supported by parents and a key driver of rising standards, the Conservatives say they will increase the duration of the standard inspection, known as section 5, for secondary schools and large primaries from two to three days, and raise Ofsted’s budget by £10m.

A Conservative government would also seek to abolish the exemption from routine inspection for schools previously rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted, a measure introduced by Michael Gove as education secretary. It would pilot making all inspections “no notice”, removing the requirement for Ofsted to inform schools the day before an inspection begins.

In announcing the Conservatives’ policies, Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, said: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour want to scrap Ofsted, meaning parents won’t have reliable information about the performance of their child’s school. Without independent inspections school standards would fall and our children would be less safe.”

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