Schools rated ‘outstanding’ will no longer be exempt from routine Ofsted inspections, the Education Secretary has announced, after it emerged that some have not been checked for more than a decade. The Telegraph reports.
A report by the National Audit Office last year found that 296 had not been inspected for more than 10 years – during which time standards could steeply decline.
This academic year only 16 per cent of schools retained their ‘outstanding’ status following re-inspection compared with 33 per cent last year.
In the announcement, Gavin Williamson also promised extra funding for top performing academies and more support for schools consistently rated ‘requires improvement’.
“Education standards in this country have been transformed since 2010, and I am determined to make sure those schools that are leading the way are sharing their expertise and lifting up others so every child, no matter where they are from has the best possible start in life.”
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