Ofsted’s inspection schedule is back in full swing but there have been accusations that inspectors are not taking account of the pandemic hardships that schools have faced. Suzanne O’Connell caught up with executive headteacher Joe Roberts following a recent Ofsted

Ofsted has been given an extra £24m in the government’s spending review to speed up the rate of inspections, the intention being to inspect all schools by the summer of 2025.

At a time when schools are still suffering extreme disruption this has not been well-received in all quarters. At the same time, it has also been revealed that outstanding schools will not be exempt from this Ofsted trawl.

There has been outrage in union circles and outspoken comments about the timing and approach being taken by the inspectorate since September.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, has accused the inspectorate of being “completely out of step with the extremely challenging circumstances facing schools”.

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