Ofsted marks down 'exempt schools'

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills has downgraded its rating for every single ‘exempt’ school it has inspected from January 9th, to February 1st of this year. This comes as part of a Department for Education backed clampdown for schools with outstanding ratings, who have been allowed to continue without inspections on a permanent basis.

Out of the 46 schools who were previously rated ‘outstanding’, 37 dropped to ‘good’, 8 to ‘requires improvement’, and one school fell to ‘inadequate’. Ofsted had previously been lobbying the government to remove the exemptions granted to previously top performing schools, fearing that many hadn’t been inspected in over 10 years. In December of last year, the Department gave them the go ahead to intervene in exempt schools to pick up on potentially poor safeguarding measures.

The Department have said that Ofsted were responding to specific concerns, and thus a decline in some outstanding schools was ‘only to be expected’. A spokesman has stated that downgrading ‘shows that its risk assessment approach is working’.