Need-to-know: Ofsted launches consultation on removing ‘outstanding’ exemption

10 January 2020

From September 2020, Ofsted proposes to inspect all previously exempt schools within 5 years.


Key proposals in consultation document 

  • For all previously exempt schools to be inspected within 5 years (so, by September 2025), with priority going to those who’ve gone longest since their last inspection
  • For ‘outstanding’ schools to receive regular section 8 inspections every 4 or 5 years after their last inspection

As part of the roll-out of this new schedule

Ofsted’s proposing that initial inspections of previously exempt schools will be carried out under:

  • Section 5 if the school hasn’t been inspected within 5 years
  • Section 8 if the school has been inspected within 5 years

Have your say

Take a look at the consultation document for more detail and respond before the deadline – 24 February 2020.

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