Ofsted looking at no-notice school inspections… again

Ofsted’s chief inspector has revived the controversial idea of carrying out no notice inspections of schools. Amanda Spielman told the Tes today that piloting  no-notice inspections was “definitely something we would like to try out”.

She was responding to a YouGov survey, published by Ofsted last week, which found that 61 per cent of parents supported unannounced visits to schools by the education watchdog.

Ms Spielman is the  third Ofsted chief in a row to consider no-notice inspections.

Ms Spielman said Ofsted wanted to ensure that inspectors are seeing a true picture of the schools they inspect.

She said: “We are trying to find that balance, of making sure schools aren’t completely caught on the hop, and you don’t turn up to inspect on a day where the headteacher is out of school, where the chair of governors is on holiday and where you can’t have the right conversations.”

Former education secretary Michael Gove asked Sir Michael Wilshaw in 2014 to consider moving to routinely carrying out no-notice inspections.

Ofsted decided against this. However the education watchdog does carry out no-notice inspections where there are serious concerns about safeguarding, leadership and governance or declining standards at a school.

Reasons given by parents for feeling that Ofsted information was unreliable were that the school was different during inspections, that inspections were too short to give meaningful information and that inspectors were not looking at the right things.

Read the full article Ofsted looking at no-notice school inspections… again

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  1. Anonymous

    Once again Ofsted promotes the view that schools aren’t to be trusted and, if given even a few hours’ notice, will use that time to organise a cover-up designed to deceive the Ofsted inspectors … who are, remember, all-seeing, infallible.

    The Chief ~Inspector consistently makes speeches about trusting schools and the need to reduce stress, especially for school leaders … cant and hypocrisy.

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