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Ofsted: What is changing and how?

Are you ready for the changes to inspection from September 2015? Expert Justine McNeillie looks at what is ahead and offers her advice to school leaders

From September 2015, there are some key changes to the ways our schools and colleges will be inspected.

These changes were announced earlier this year after an extensive consultation with the sector and stakeholders in Better Inspection For All, where the proposals made by Ofsted received significant support by the vast majority of respondents.

The first of the major changes focuses on making inspections more proportionate to need. Good schools will now be inspected approximately every three years but only for one day.

These inspections will be led by HMI, probably one in a primary school and two in a secondary, and will be checking to see whether the quality of education has remained as good, has declined or has improved and that safeguarding requirements are effective.

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