Lockdown: Ofsted updates Covid inspection guidance

Ofsted has updated its autumn guidance for schools to confirm that its “visits” during the second national lockdown will take place remotely.

Normal full inspection of schools remains suspended and are currently due to restart in January.

However, this term Ofsted has been visiting schools to look at how they are operating during the pandemic and what kind of provision pupils are receiving. These inspections do not lead to graded judgements but do result in Ofsted publishing a letter summarising its conclusions.

In its updated guidance, published on Tuesday (November 3), Ofsted confirmed that in light of the second national lockdown, which is due to run for four weeks from Thursday, November 5, it will “carry out our work remotely where we can” (Ofsted, 2020a).

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