Ofsted has a new framework due to come into practice this year

Over the spring and summer terms of 2015 Ofsted will prepare and introduce the new Common Inspection Framework and short inspections for good schools and providers.

The Department for Education will set regulations that enable short inspections to be conducted for schools rated ‘good’ at their last inspection. When a school is rated as ‘good’ they will only be required to have a short inspection within 3 years, as opposed to a full inspection. Many head teachers agreed that this was a great idea, allowing more time to be spent helping the lower rated schools.

As part of the new Common Inspection Framework, the areas that inspectors will carry out graded judgements during full inspections are due to improve. Guidelines that early years settings and sixth forms that are part of a school are also due to improve, as well as areas of further education (FE) and skills provision.

This year Ofsted are going to:

- Conduct pilot inspections under the Common Inspection Framework and conduct further short inspection pilots
- Train our inspectors so they are ready to inspect under the new framework
- Continue to engage with key stakeholders and experts to shape the detail of our proposals
- Publish the new Common Inspection Framework and the supporting handbooks for each of the remits in the summer term 2015

This is just a brief run down of the changes, click here to read the full document.

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