schools previously judged ‘good’ will now receive a short inspection approximately every four years rather than every three years
schools judged ‘requires improvement’, ‘serious weaknesses’ or ‘special measures’ will be re-inspected within 30 months (previously the timeframes were 30, 18 and 24 months respectively) while monitoring inspections will continue as before
Ofsted has also published the 2017 results of their annual survey of parents, which showed a slight decrease in the proportion of parents agreeing that Ofsted provides a reliable measure of a school’s quality: 59% of respondents agreed this was the case compared to 66% in the previous year. 74% of parents agreed that the information Ofsted provides is reliable. Almost half (47%) of parents of school age children say that they use Ofsted reports when choosing a provider.
A separate survey of school leaders conducted by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has suggested that inspectors are sometimes asking for evidence that they should not be under Ofsted policy. 62% of respondents said that inspectors had asked them to predict the attainment of pupils and 47% had been asked to predict progress scores. Around a third (34%) said inspectors had asked to see evidence of the frequency or quantity of work in pupils’ books.
Commenting on the findings, ASCL’s General Secretary Geoff Barton said: “We support Ofsted’s work in dispelling the myths about what it expects to see, but we have to make sure that this is reflected in practice on the ground.”