Ofsted investigates inspection gaps at outstanding schools

Ofsted is to examine ‘unusually long gaps’ between inspections of ‘outstanding’-rated schools, according to minutes of a board meeting.

In July, Ofsted’s board requested analysis of inspection intervals for ‘outstanding’ schools with “reasons for any unusually long gaps”.

A policy introduced by the government in 2011 exempts schools with the top grade from further routine inspection as long as data shows they are ‘maintaining performance’.

In January, Schools Week revealed that more than 1,200 schools in England have not had a full inspection in seven years, and more than 100 have been left alone for over a decade.

Read the full article on Schools Week.

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