Inspection from September 2021

Ofsted have amended the inspection handbook from September 2021. The main changes are:

• Schools and colleges should assume online sexual abuse, violence and harassment take place within the school community, even if there are no reported cases.
• Inspectors will ask what schools and colleges are proactively doing to combat this, including preventative measures, the curriculum including implantation of the statutory RSHE curriculum, and responses to allegations.
• Where adequate processes to combat sexual abuse are not in place, Ofsted is likely to deem safeguarding ineffective, which in turn will likely result in an inadequate overall grade.
• Questions around the Baker Clause for secondaries.
• Inspectors to probe how tutoring ‘supports curriculum aims.
• Ofsted won’t assess past two years’ teacher grades.
• Leaders must provide support for staff teaching outside expertise Inspection window may be extended ‘by up to six terms’.

A detailed briefing will be produced by the School Improvement Team and placed on the ecourier before the new academic year.

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