Ofsted Consultation on New Inspection Framework for maintained schools from September 2009

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Ofsted have recently published a consultation document proposing new arrangements for inspecting maintained schools from September next year.
Key changes relevant here include:

  • "Inspectors will take more account of the views of parents in deciding when a school needs to be inspected."
  • "We will explore whether ’no notice’ inspection is feasible."
  • Inspectors will judge "Is the well-being of children and young people promoted appropriately and are their views being valued?"
  • And judge how well "the views of parents and children and young people are listened to and acted upon?" by leadership & management
Ofsted also propose more of a risk based approach to inspection frequency with schools who are doing well possibly only being inspected every 6 years. However they also propose "to take more account of the views of parents and children and young people in deciding when
a school needs to be inspected" through the use of surveys.

"In addition, more attention will be given to the ways in which schools routinely engage with parents, pupils and the community between inspections. This will include how schools gather views and whether they can demonstrate that they have taken action based on these views which has led to improvement."

Ofsted appear to be moving in the direction of benchmarking the view of pupils and parents nationally and the consultation contains the following questions:

Question 5
Do you agree that we should put in place a national survey which captures the views of children and young people?

Question 6
Do you agree that we should put in place a survey which captures the views of school staff?

Question 7
Do you agree that a national survey of parents should take place annually?

We'll let you know when we have more information.

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