Fears that Ofsted’s 15-day plan will add to school inspection burden

Planned changes to the short inspections of ‘good’ schools could see a wait of up to two weeks if HMI decide that a conversion to full inspection is required. Pete Henshaw takes a look

Proposed changes to the short inspection of schools rated as good will see a 15-day period introduced for those converting to full inspection.

The proposal is one of two significant changes set out for consultation by Ofsted this week.

However, some school leaders fear that the change, which is being trialled this summer, will increase the burden of inspection for these schools and their staff.

Short one-day inspections of schools rated good were introduced by Ofsted in September 2015. The visits begin with the assumption that the school remains good. However, if there are concerns, it can be converted into a full inspection, to be carried out within 48 hours.

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