Majority of readers say ALL schools should be inspected, regardless of ratings

Every school in England currently rated by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’, will be inspected in the next five years under new proposals from the Department for Education.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 8:00 am
A massive majority in our poll wants regular Ofsted inspections for all schools, even if their previous inspection was "Outstanding".

An exemption, introduced in 2012 under which “outstanding” schools did not have to face routine Ofsted inspections, would be scrapped. This means schools of all grades will be given equal scrutiny. Is this necessary?

We asked: “Do you think all schools should be regularly inspected, regardless of their rating?”

At the time of writing 225 people had voted in our Facebook poll, with 96% saying yes, just 4% no. Here are some reactions.

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Gren Long said: “Every year without warning they should be inspected. There are too many schools who don’t get fully inspected and they are certainly not outstanding.”

Kaylie Louise said: “Eldon grove was outstanding and now is now good. So they should definitely be inspected regardless, or it gives them ample opportunity to let the school slip knowing there wont be an inspection. I also think it should be spot checked rather than arranged.”

Bryan Littler thinks: “It was a pretty dumb policy not to inspect them again once they were awarded outstanding in an inspection.”

Kelly Cairns said: “Yes! My son’s old school hadn't been inspected for 10 years because it got outstanding. So much changes in hat time. For the worse in this case.”

Lynn Elliott said: “Some people base their decision about where to send their children on Ofsted reports. So to me, how can such an important decision be made with out of date information?”