Now the inspection moratorium for outstanding schools has ended, many are losing their coveted status. We meet two primary schools to find out how they kept the top grade when they were eventually re-inspected


Between 2012 and 2020 if your school was judged by Ofsted to be outstanding then you knew you could breathe easy for a few years. In fact, for 13 years or more, in some cases.

For those schools, it meant no fear of the “phone call” and the opportunity to thrive and develop freely – the ultimate freedom.

However, during this time the Ofsted framework substantially changed. Exam results were no longer as pivotal and the new framework in 2019 saw the curriculum being delivered in schools come to the fore. This was a significant shift that some outstanding schools perhaps did not navigate as well as others.

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