Ofsted plan to spend longer in schools

Ofsted is planning to ensure that inspectors spend more time in schools as part of its new inspection framework, Tes understands.

The news comes after criticism and questions about how much inspectors are able to discover about a school under the current regime, in which they are only present for one or two days.

This week Tes revealed how a heavyweight commission on school accountability has concluded that Ofsted inspection reports are unreliable and provide false assurance to parents – because inspectors do not have the time they need.

It is understood that as part of its work on a new inspection framework, which is due to be introduced next year, Ofsted is “looking at finding ways of making sure inspectors can spend more time with providers [schools]”.

The PAC said there had been more focus on the cost of school inspections than on getting assurance about schools’ effectiveness.

It warned that the level of assurance that Ofsted could give about school effectiveness had been reduced because of budget cuts.

A new Ofsted framework with longer inspections could counter these problems. However, concerns over the workload involved in introducing a new framework have prompted heads’ union the NAHT to call for the Ofsted changes to be “paused”.

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