The Office for Standards in Education has admitted in this year's corporate plan that "a significant increase" in the rate of primary and special school inspections will be needed in the next two years to complete the initial four-year cycle to inspect all schools, writes Diane Spencer.
Chris Woodhead, HM chief inspector, said he was confident that all would be inspected on time. OFSTED says that 72 per cent of secondary schools, 33 per cent of primaries and 37 per cent of special schools had been inspected.
But achievement of targets depended critically on the continued recruitment of registered inspectors and team members, says the document, published last week.
Nearly 5,300 schools were inspected in 199596 and the target of almost 7,500 has been set for this academic year and just over 8,000 for the year after.