Parents unaware ‘outstanding’ schools exempt from Ofsted

Fewer than one in five parents realise that “outstanding” schools are exempt from reinspection, a new Ofsted survey reveals. Tes reports.

The figures from the inspectorate’s fourth annual survey, published today, show that only 17 per cent of parents were aware that schools given the top inspection grade are not routinely revisited by Ofsted.

Almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of parents surveyed said that “outstanding” schools should be inspected as often as those rated “good” because standards can change quickly.

It was revealed last month that less than a quarter of the “outstanding” schools inspected by Ofsted in the first term of this school year kept their top grade.

The inspectorate said that just 23 per cent of the 117 schools it had inspected from 1 September to 31 December retained their “outstanding” judgement.

Last year the inspectorate warned the government that the situation was unsustainable after a National Audit Office report found that 1,620 schools had not been inspected for six years or more, including 296 schools that had not been inspected for 10 years.

In the Ofsted parents’ survey, nine in 10 parents knew the Ofsted rating of their child’s school or child care provider, although parents of secondary school pupils were significantly less likely to know the rating.

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