Ofsted reflect on the year and announce inspection plan for 2021

Ofsted’s latest annual report, published earlier this week, reflects on the year stating that it has consisted of ‘two very different halves’ which has changed their regulation and inspection activities. The report outlines the emerging findings from the introduction of the new education inspection framework (EIF) in September 2019 while also highlighting concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on pupils. The key findings are summarised below:
  • Nearly two- thirds of state schools inspected under the EIF kept the same overall effectiveness
  • A strong curriculum is underpinned by clear central aims and accountability, but also acknowledges that individual subjects require different approaches to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach
  • There are serious weaknesses in SEND provision overall
  • It has become more difficult to identify children’s and families’ need for early help and protection; instead, local authorities are more likely now to be responding to a legacy of abuse and neglect
In the government’s latest announcement, regular Ofsted inspections will be suspended until the summer term 2021. Ofsted will conduct monitoring visits in schools graded ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’.