Ofsted’s new blog to ‘shine a light’ on inspection changes

Ofsted has launched a new blog ahead of sweeping changes coming into effect from September to the way it carries out its inspections.

Introducing the blog focusing on developments in education inspection, Ofsted’s national director for schools Sean Harford said it was intended to shine a light on the forthcoming changes.

These include a new common inspection framework integrating the way inspections are carried out in early years education, schools and further education providers and a selected and trained new cohort of in-house Ofsted inspectors.

The blog will feature regular posts from Ofsted’s directors and senior leaders. As well as discussing the new developments, Mr Harford said it will “carry on busting some of the myths about Ofsted, and consider aspects of its work including examples of good practice and reports on key themes”.

He added: “It’s an exciting time and a great opportunity to make our inspections even more effective and help push for better outcomes for the country’s children and learners.

“Your comments on the blog will be great way to stimulate the debate and let us know what you’d like to see discussed.”

A spokesperson for Ofsted told Schools Week: “Having an open dialogue with parents and the teaching profession is very important to Ofsted.  As we launch our new Common Inspection Framework and make radical changes to the way we contract with our inspection workforce this is the ideal time to increase our channels for constructive communication and debate.”

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