Ofsted’s new “supportive” monitoring inspections are set to go ahead despite the partial closure of schools, it has been confirmed.

The monitoring inspections were initially announced in December and will see the schools watchdog inspecting schools previously judged ‘inadequate’ and ‘requires improvement’.

The inspectorate has now confirmed the monitoring visits will begin from Monday, January 18.

The Department for Education said the inspections will have a strong focus on the quality of remote education being provided and that Ofsted can inspect a school of any grade if it has “serious concerns” about the quality of remote education being offered.

It follows an announcement from Gavin Williamson earlier today that parents who feel their child’s school isn’t providing “suitable” remote education should report them to Ofsted, who will “enforce” the rules.

An Ofsted spokesperson said: “There are clear requirements about remote learning and our monitoring inspections this term will focus on how well these are being met, to provide reassurance to parents.

“In addition we will consider any complaints we may receive from parents about remote learning at their children’s schools.”

More to follow . . .