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Changes to Ofsted inspections have come into force...

Ofsted have introduced some changes to the way that schools are inspected from September 2015.

Settings will be inspected differently

A new Common Inspection Framework has been introduced. This means there will be one set of judgements that is used to inspect different types of settings - early years settings, schools and further education and skills providers. Although the framework is the same, there is more specific guidance for each type of setting (an inspection handbook) and the person carrying out the inspection will be someone who has the relevant experience and expertise.

Inspectors will make judgements in four key areas, slightly different to the previous judgements:

-Effectiveness of leadership and management
-Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
-Personal development, behaviour and welfare
-Outcomes for children and learners.

They will also state clearly whether safeguarding is effective.

Timings of inspections

In another change, schools and further education and skills providers that were judged good at their most recent inspection will receive a short inspection (one day) approximately every three years. Schools that are not at least good will continue to have a full inspection.

Good and outstanding special schools, pupil referral units and maintained nursery schools will also receive a short inspection.

Outstanding schools will continue to have no inspection. But Ofsted will carry out a ‘risk assessment’ – looking at pupils’ achievement, attendance, parents’ views and any complaints – to check their performance is still outstanding and decide if an inspection is needed.

Ofsted have published information about the changes to inspections here.

Read more about the new Common Inspection Framework.

Read more about the implications for pupils with speech, language and communication needs.