The Times is reporting that Sir Michael Wilshaw has confirmed that the use of no-notice inspections will not become the norm because there are too many “logistical drawbacks” in doing so…
The report claims the the power will be reserved mainly for cases where schools are suspected of teaching a narrow curriculum that fails to prepare pupils for modern Britain.
The current wave of 35 no-notice inspections has resulted in 23 being downgraded but Sir Michael has apparently told Nicky Morgan this confirms Ofsted already has the “regional intelligence” on schools causing concern and the “appropriate powers” to use no-notice inspections when needed.
He is quoted as saying
“Nevertheless, inspectors reported that there were logistical drawbacks to inspecting without notice because of difficulties in effectively engaging with school leaders, governors and parents…
“This view is consistent with Ofsted’s previous consultations on the use of no-notice inspection and supports my decision that we should not move to routine no-notice inspections for all schools.”
More at: Ofsted to restrict ‘dawn-raid’ inspections on schools (subscription may be required)
So has the situation about the use on no-notice inspections been satisfactorily clarified now or are you still confused about when they might be used? And does it make any difference compared with, say, half a day’s notice in a normal inspection?
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