Ofsted delays return of graded school inspections until summer term

Ofsted has unveiled details of a phased return to inspections on 2021, with no graded inspections for schools planned before the summer term.

For state maintained schools and academy schools, Ofsted will resume monitoring inspections of schools judged inadequate at their previous inspection and some schools graded as requires improvement. These will not result in a grade.

Emergency inspections of schools will continue as they have done throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. These will take place in response to any serious concerns raised with Ofsted.

And Ofsted has confirmed that routine inspections, which result in a school being awarded a new grade or being confirmed in its current grade, will resume in the summer term.

In a statement, Ofsted said: “Over the coming months, Ofsted will discuss the approach to routine inspection in 2021 with sector representatives and test it through a series of pilot visits, where necessary.”

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