‘Nothing to fear’ from new one-day inspections, promises Sir Michael

Leaders in schools rated as good have “nothing to fear” from the new one-day inspection regime, England’s chief inspector has promised.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said the new-look inspections will “start from a premise that the school is still good” and focus on ensuring standards have been maintained.

It came as Ofsted published its new Common Inspection Framework (CIF) and associated documentation to enable schools to prepare for the new regime in September.

Launching the new Framework on Monday (June 15), Sir Michael also said that he intends to open up Ofsted’s complaints process to “greater accountability”. 

The CIF is to take effect from September and will cover inspections across all sectors – from early years to colleges. The aim is to introduce a common language across inspection reports to help provide clarity for parents. There will be specific inspection handbooks for each sector, but the four core Ofsted judgements will remain constant across all sectors.

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