Ofsted has opened a consultation on proposed changes to the process for short inspections of ‘good’ schools. These one day inspections were introduced in September 2015 in part to reduce the burden of inspection for schools that are performing well.
A short inspection can convert to a full two day inspection if there is not enough evidence that the school remains ‘good’ or if inspectors think it might be ‘outstanding’. The consultation proposes extending the period in which a converted inspection will be completed from 48 hours to 15 working days. This is for ease of scheduling and to reduce the burden on schools.
The consultation also proposes that schools “in complex circumstances” will automatically receive a full inspection. These will be identified through Ofsted’s standard risk assessment process.