How often will we be visited and for how long?

23rd May 2008 at 01:00
Will parents or pupils be able to trigger an inspection?

Will parents or pupils be able to trigger an inspection?

Possibly yes, if their complaints are serious enough and there is evidence to back them up.

Ofsted wants to give new powers to parents and pupils. National and local surveys will be conducted to gauge opinion, as well as Ofsted responding to parents' complaints. Christine Gilbert, the chief inspector, said an inspection could be triggered if a routine survey showed pupils were unhappy. "We might ask pupils whether they are bored," she said.

How often will schools be inspected?

"Failing" schools in special measures will receive two or three monitoring visits a year and a full inspection at least every two years. Schools given a "notice to improve" will receive a monitoring visit within eight months and a full inspection within a year.

Satisfactory schools that are struggling to improve will receive a check- up visit after 12 to 18 months and a full inspection within three years. Schools judged to be satisfactory and improving will be inspected within three years, as is the case now.

What about good and outstanding schools?

They will only receive a full inspection once every six years, but there will be a "health check" carried out midway through.

Inspectors will carry out a "desk-top" exercise to see if the school is still performing well and publish a short report of their findings.

How long will inspections last?

No inspections will last longer than two days. A small primary school could be inspected by a single inspector in one day. But large secondaries could be visited by five inspectors over two days.

What about pupil wellbeing?

Ofsted will launch a separate consultation in the summer about assessing schools on pupil wellbeing. Indicators being discussed by the Government include obesity, pregnancy rates and drug use.

How can I tell Ofsted my views?

Anyone wanting to respond to the consultation can do so online at

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