Heads oppose Ofsted plan for 150 mins inspection notice

Tes is reporting that most school leaders oppose Ofsted’s plans to arrive earlier and spend more time in schools under its new inspection framework, a new survey shows.

The inspectorate is consulting on plans to give schools little more than 150 minutes notice before a lead inspector arrives on site.

The change being proposed by Ofsted would see an inspector contact a school before 10am and arrive after 12.30pm the day before inspection to start on-site preparations.

However, a new poll of around 1,000 school leaders shows that the majority are against the idea.

The survey also shows that the majority of school leaders are also opposed to Ofsted’s plan to extend its short inspection of “good” schools from one day to two.

Of those surveyed, 52 per cent opposed the idea of extending short inspections to two days, while 37 per cent supported it.

Amy Cook, the Key’s head of content, said: “Our results show some hesitation about the proposed logistical changes to inspections.”

However, school leaders do back the inspectorate’s plan to create a new “quality of education” judgement – focused on curriculum – with 84 per cent supporting the idea in the Key’s poll.

Read more Heads oppose Ofsted plan for 150 mins inspection notice

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