Ofsted has confirmed (on 2 October 2015) initial inspections for new schools will now be in the third year of operation.
From this term, the policy will apply to all new schools (including those that opened in the 2013/14 academic year and are yet to have their initial inspection, and academy converters). It’ll also be applied to school amalgamations, mergers and where new key stages are added. The Chief Inspector retains the discretion to inspect earlier if he has concerns or is requested to do so by the Secretary of State, says Ofsted.
Previously, Ofsted inspected new provision during the second year of opening, usually from the fifth term onwards.
We’ll be discussing this change with Ofsted. Members with any comments or concerns should email NAHT Policy Adviser Sarah Hannafin at Sarah.Hannafin@naht.org.uk.
Page Published: 07/10/2015