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Sharp decrease in Ofsted inspections during 2015 autumn term

Official figures published on 31 January 2016 show Ofsted inspected fewer schools during the autumn term compared with 2014. This follows last September’s decision to bring inspectors in-house and move to anew common inspection framework and short inspections.

Between 1 September and 31 December 2015 only 395 full inspections and 207 short inspections took place. The actual numbers will be slightly higher because only inspections with their reports published will have been counted for this information release. However, the combined figure for the autumn term is much less than the number of inspections during the same period for 2014 (602 vs. 1,866).

Of the short inspections, almost half (100 schools) were converted to a full inspection, meaning the total number of schools inspected during this period was 502 (because 100 schools are counted in both the short inspection and full inspection figure).

For the majority of conversions to a full inspection (55 per cent), the school was rated as ‘requires improvement’. In almost one in five cases (19 per cent), the school was awarded outstanding. While for 22 per cent of cases, the school retained its ‘good’ rating.

For short inspections converted to full inspections, the statistics show:

  • ·19 per cent of schools moved up to ‘outstanding’
  • ·22 per cent of schools remained ‘good’
  • ·55 per cent of schools moved down to ‘requires improvement’
  • ·Four per cent of schools moved down to ‘inadequate.’

Overall, the percentage of schools within each of the four judgements has remained stable, with 84 per cent of schools rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ at their last inspection.

Read the full report here. 

Page Published: 23/02/2016