Ofsted News - April
Special School Inspections
Ofsted are currently reviewing the timeframe for inspecting special schools. Discussions are also currently underway with the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) to see how this can resolved. The issue, as we know, is that currently special schools are being inspected every three years, which is far more frequently than mainstream schools which are typically inspected every five years.
The reason is that data is not as readily available for special schools as it is for mainstream schools and so the process of risk assessment is more complex. At the same time, Ofsted’s public statement is that because special schools focus on our most vulnerable children, then it is crucial that their needs and interests are paramount.
As we know within the FLSE and through our members, this is a key ‘burning’ issue and is at the forefront of many Head’s agendas.
We shall also be discussing this through our own forthcoming meetings with the NAHT.
For more info on Inspection Reports.
Work on Ofsted’s current SEN review (in conjunction with the NAHT) is proceeding apace. The FLSE will be kept informed of its progress.