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Ofsted's one-day school inspection warning

Education watchdog Ofsted is to introduce "almost no notice" inspections in England, calling head teachers the day before arriving.

Ofsted will now give a one day warning before they visit schools

Education watchdog Ofsted is to introduce "almost no notice" inspections in England, calling head teachers the day before arriving.

This follows the retreat from the earlier proposal to have school inspections without any warning at all. Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw is setting out changes to the inspection system to be introduced from September - after the consultation process launched in February.

The original proposal for inspectors to arrive unannounced proved highly controversial with head teachers. But Education Secretary Michael Gove signalled at a head teachers' conference that such no-notice inspections would not go ahead.
The revised plan will mean "inspectors calling head teachers the afternoon before an inspection takes place". Ofsted says this will give schools a day's notice to make "logistical arrangements including notifying parents and governors of the inspection".

The new arrangements will mean a tougher approach to how schools are described by inspectors. The "satisfactory" grade will no longer be satisfactory - and instead is going to become "requires improvement". Schools in this category will be re-inspected within two years - and if a school has not risen to "good" at a third inspection, it faces being deemed inadequate and placed in "special measures".

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said: "Ofsted's plan for inspections will set a clear benchmark so that head teachers and teachers recognise what it takes to be a high performing school as well as knowing what needs to be done where improvement is necessary."

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