Coronavirus: Ofsted to publish paused inspection reports from next week

Ofsted will begin publishing the inspection reports that were held back because of the coronavirus pandemic from next week.

The watchdog had paused publication of all inspection reports because they were “well aware providers have enough to deal with” in responding to Covid-19 changes.

But in an update today, Ofsted said as more schools are reopening they have decided to publish the paused reports before the summer holidays.

“It is important that learners, parents and carers have access to the most recent inspection information about providers when they make decisions about their future or their children’s future.

“To delay publication any longer would not be in the public interest. We will begin to publish these remaining reports from next week and will contact affected providers beforehand to confirm this.”

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has increasingly called for the government to set minimum expectations for schools and parents about what level of home learning will be provided.

She told the BBC’s Today programme last week that once that is in place, it will be “possible to start assessing whether schools are in fact doing what they should be doing”.