From September 2020, Ofsted proposes to inspect all previously exempt schools within 5 years. A consultation was launched on 10 January 2020.
The key proposals in the consultation document are:
- For all previously exempt schools to be inspected within 5 years (so, by September 2025), with priority going to those who've gone longest since their last inspection
- For 'outstanding' schools to receive regular section 8 inspections every 4 or 5 years after their last inspection
As part of the roll-out of this new schedule Ofsted is proposing that initial inspections of previously exempt schools will be carried out under:
- Section 5 if the school hasn't been inspected within 5 years
- Section 8 if the school has been inspected within 5 years
The consultation can be found at https://essexprimaryheads.co.uk/story/2000162/ofsted-consultation-removing-the-exemption-from-inspection-for-schools-that-are-judged-to-be-outstanding
The consultation closes on 24 February 2020.