In May 2013 Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary, wrote to the secretary of state and the chief inspector with a range of ideas for supporting school leaders. One of the main suggestions was:
"When a head takes over a challenging school they should be able to request the approximate time of the next inspection for any point over the next eighteen months (eg immediately to create a mandate for change or after improvements have begun to show)"
NAHT is pleased to report that Ofsted has now adopted the idea. It will be possible for an incoming head in an RI school (and, NAHT believe, schools in special measures) to negotiate the timings of their next inspection. They should do this by having an early discussion with the Ofsted regional director.
To quote Sir Michael Wilshaw directly:
"I am asking recently appointed head teachers of ‘requires improvement’ schools to contact, in writing, the relevant Ofsted regional directors to describe the context of their school’s present position. The regional director will then allocate an HMI to the school to discuss with the head teacher the most appropriate scheduling for the next inspection."
You can find a list of regional directors below.
In general, the regional directors have a great deal of discretion on inspections and it is valuable to have an early dialogue with them where possible.
Page Published: 11/04/2014