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When will OFSTED visit?

Discussion in 'Ofsted inspections' started by BelquisL, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. BelquisL

    BelquisL New commenter

    Confused! I am trying to figure out when OFSTED will inspect us next. We are a small FE specialist SEN provision, last inspected in June of 2016, receiving a 'good'. I recently attended OFSTED training to introduce us to the new framework. The trainer was an OFSTED inspector and he said that we will probably be inspected this year, that's 3 years from last inspection. When checking out the handbook it says that provisions that receive a good in their previous inspection will usually be inspected in 4 years. Which one is right???
    Hope you have the answer.
  2. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    This trainer didn't go on to explain his wonderful consultancy service did he?

    I don't know the answer to your question by the way.
  3. BelquisL

    BelquisL New commenter

  4. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    I think it's a bit like the Spanish Inquisition, one of Ofsted's chief weapons is surprise.
  5. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    They will come this year and carry out a Section 8 inspection under the new framework.

    A Section 8 is carried out by 2 inspectors over 2 days. It cannot alter a previous judgement of 'good'. Under Section 8 there are three outcomes: 1. remain good and re-inspection will be during the next 4 years; 2. school is moving towards 'outstanding' a section 5 inspection will take place within the next year; 3. the school is no longer 'good' and a Section 5 inspection will take place within the next year. However, if by the end of the first day the lead inspector believes that a school is failing/there are serious safeguarding concerns then they can convert the inspection to a Section 5: another inspector will be flown in and together they will scrutinise safeguarding, staff well-being, governance and teaching & learning across the school to reach a judgement of either 'good', 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate'.

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