Inspection windows

17 April 2018

Ofsted has announced important changes to inspection windows, which take place with immediate effect:

  • Short inspections for good schools will now usually take place up to four years from the previous inspection (was three years previously).

  • The window for schools judged requires improvement and academies judged inadequate (but not re-brokered) to receive their Section 5 re-inspection has been extended to 30 months.

  • Please note that these timings are at the discretion of Ofsted’s regional director, so these timings are a guide. Also, don’t forget that schools can request an earlier inspection, which will also be considered at the discretion of the regional director.

Please see this blog from Ofsted’s National Director for education, Sean Harford.