Ofsted publish five year strategy

Increased proportions of graded, section 5 inspections are among several actions that the education sector should expect to see from Ofsted over the next five years. In their corporate strategy, published this week, Ofsted set out eight strategic priorities, stating they would “continue to be a force for improvement” and drive improved standards of education for all pupils.

Other steps announced included:

  • the inspection of all schools by June 2025
  • inspections of local safeguarding partnerships using a new joint targeted area inspection programme
  • more summary evaluations of multi academy trusts 
  • developing and implementing a new casework system that will improve our oversight and regulatory decision-making
  • sharing insights to inform decision makers and practitioners, including the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and learners

Her Majesty’s Chief inspector, Amanda Spielman spoke at the schools and academies show this week highlighting emerging issues that schools are dealing with as a result of the pandemic and citing “children’s safety and welfare” as one of Ofsted’s top priorities.