Wilshaw: Outstanding schools ‘enjoy’ Ofsted inspections

The TES is reporting claims from Sir Michael Wilshaw that headteachers of outstanding schools “enjoy inspectors coming” and would prefer not to be exempt from routine Ofsted visits…

Although schools rated good will be subject to more frequent, shorter inspections under plans unveiled by the watchdog last week, those with the top grade will remain exempt from routine visits.

As a result of the Education Act 2011, outstanding schools can only be inspected if Ofsted has specific cause for concern, triggered either by dramatic changes in their exam results or by complaints.

At the launch of the consultation on Ofsted’s proposed new inspection framework last Thursday, Sir Michael said he would prefer “all schools to be inspected routinely” and had discussed the matter with former education secretary Michael Gove.

“I suspect, if you talked to outstanding heads, they would want that exemption waived, because they enjoy inspectors coming,” he added.

He also said the performance of some outstanding schools that had been re-inspected had fallen “dramatically”…

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Interesting comments from Sir Michael – is there a danger in completely exempting outstanding schools from routine inspections as happens now? What kind of model would you like to see? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This just about ices this weekend’s educational cake; no-one actually enjoys Ofsted inspections Wilshaw, no-one. #deluded

  2. mjlongstaffe

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove the only thing anyone enjoys abt Ofsted insp now is when they leave the premises!What a waste of public money!

  3. mjlongstaffe

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove if only the process returned to a supportive developmental 1 might be worth the money, as it is, Vpoor V4Money

  4. Janet2

    The OECD warned in 2011 that exempting outstanding schools from routine inspections could result in complacency.  Another OECD warning the Gov’t chose to ignore (while at the same time trumpeting that OECD supported its ‘reforms’).

  5. nrcantor

    g56g SchoolsImprove I don’t think Wilshaw recognizes that not being inspected is the reward for an Outstanding rating.

  6. jackiepepper9

    SchoolsImprove The assumption that RI schools can improve but outstanding cannot deteriorate shows how flawed Ofsted’s thinking has become.

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