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Ofsted to start “phased return” to inspection in autumn

By Rachel Lawlergirl writing Ofsted Inspections

Ofsted has announced that it will start a “phased” return to inspection, starting with an interim period of “visits” in the autumn term.

These visits will not be inspections and will not result in a judgement but inspectors will be able to use regulatory or enforcement actions if appropriate.

Inspectors will also publish a short summary to confirm what they found during the visit.

Early years changes
Ofsted aims to restart routine inspections from January 2020, by which time the Early Years Foundation Stage is expected to be fully reinstated.

However, the exact timing of a return to routine inspections is being kept under review.

Ofsted will continue with the early years registration process, including on-site registration visits.

Return to normal
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector at Ofsted, commented: “Visits will be made to nurseries and childminders to monitor progress and regulatory standards, particularly looking at those where we have concerns, but including a wider sample.

“[...] As in everything we do, we will be acting in the best interests of children – whether that’s helping to improve their education, or keeping them safe from harm.

“Life may not return to normal yet, but a full return to school in September offers universal benefits to every child. And as education gets back on its feet, Ofsted will play its part.”

Find out more
Ofsted suspends routine inspections
Read the guidance from Ofsted