Ofsted monitoring inspections to take place online from January 25

Ofsted will carry out remote inspections of schools rated "inadequate" and "requires improvement" from January 25, with inspectors focusing on the effectiveness of remote education provision.

It comes after the inspectorate bowed to pressure and cancelled its plans to resume face-to-face inspections this term.

Ofsted had planned to resume monitoring inspections from Monday, January 18, and intended to send its inspectors physically into schools and other settings.

However, in a statement on Tuesday (January 12), Ofsted has back-tracked and will now carry out all planned inspection activity remotely “until after the February half-term”.

The statement said: “In light of a change in emphasis from the government and clear advice to ‘act as if you have the virus’ over the next few weeks, we have decided that all planned inspection activity will be undertaken remotely until after the February half term.”

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