Ofsted

Ofsted hopeful expansion still on cards despite budget omission

But PM pledge for three-day inspections not part of upcoming announcements

But PM pledge for three-day inspections not part of upcoming announcements

Ofsted is hopeful the government’s pledge to extend inspections to three days is still on the cards – despite it not getting a mention at the spending review.

But although the watchdog hopes to announce new policies in the coming weeks, the expansion is not one of them.

Boris Johnson committed to extending Section 5 inspections for secondaries and large primaries by an extra day during the election campaign in November 2019.

He also pledged to trial “no-notice” inspections to give a “true reflection” of schools’ performance.

Schools Week revealed in September that the future of the pledges rested on the outcome of the spending review.

But there was no mention of the plan in the budget last week.

Ofsted said while they do expect further announcements in “due course”, the expansion pledge was not one of these.

However it is understood Ofsted is still hopeful the expansion is on the cards.

The Department for Education did not respond to a request for comment.

The pledge was not considered during the pandemic as Ofsted suspended its normal practices in response to national lockdowns.

In June, chief inspector Amanda Spielman admitted that she “couldn’t remember” the last time Ofsted had met with the government to discuss the plans.

Correction: This article was amended at 5pm on November 8 to state the potential expansion was not part of upcoming announcements after Ofsted clarified its statement post publication.



More from this theme

Ofsted

Speed read: Ofsted’s guide to a ‘high-quality’ English curriculum

‘More than any other subject, English – and especially reading – is fundamental to pupils’ educational success’

James Carr
Ofsted

Speed read: Ofsted’s guide to a ‘high-quality’ computing curriculum

Lack of specialist computing teachers could have 'significant consequences'

James Carr
Academies, Ofsted

‘Vindicated’: Academy trust first to have termination notice withdrawn

Decision draws to a close a years-long saga which also led to the dismissal of an Ofsted inspector

James Carr
Ofsted

Post-Covid Ofsted ratings lift in secondary schools

Leaders say secondaries could have benefited from having more time and capacity to develop their curriculum

James Carr
Ofsted

Spielman blames ‘vested interests’ for Ofsted ‘fear’

Chief inspector dismisses suggestions Ofsted is contributing to exodus of heads

James Carr
Ofsted

Don’t ‘pick and mix’ Oak curriculum resources, warns Spielman

Ofsted chief says content provided by new arms-length curriculum body must be implemented 'thoughtfully'

Freddie Whittaker

Your thoughts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.