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Ofsted March update.

Ofsted March update.


Message to inspectors from the National Director, Education

Welcome to the thirteenth edition of ‘School inspection update’ (SIU).

In December, we published updated versions of the section 5 and section 8 school inspection handbooks, effective from January 2018.

These updates were limited to:


reflecting the outcome of the second consultation exercise on short inspections


a change in policy to requires improvement monitoring


a change to inspecting performance management arrangements in schools.

Schools that receive a judgement of requires improvement are subject to monitoring. From January 2018, this will not normally apply to a school that has been judged as requires improvement for the first time. However, a school that receives two or more successive overall effectiveness judgements of requires improvement will normally be monitored between 12 and 24 months following publication of the report that resulted in the most recent requires improvement judgement.

In section 5 inspections, we have changed the focus on performance management arrangements. This is now less about checking the process and more about how school leaders seek to improve teaching and learning and how the school uses continuing professional development (CPD) to support improvement and develop staff. The wording of the section 5 handbook has been refined to reflect this.

Read the detail.


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