MPs call for Ofsted change as ‘outstanding’ schools are left uninspected for a decade

MPs call for Ofsted change as ‘outstanding’ schools are left uninspected for a decade

A cross party group of MPs is calling for an overhaul of the current Ofsted inspection rules, which have meant some ‘outstanding’ schools have not been inspected for more than ten years.

The Parliamentary Pubic Accounts Committee has asked the DfE to re-examine the rules, after data from the National Audit Office revealed that hundreds of schools, that have been deemed ‘outstanding’, have been ignored by Ofsted for more than a decade.

Earlier this year, Ofsted chiefs admitted there was no way of telling whether ‘outstanding’ schools that were inspected a decade ago, had suffered falling standards in the intervening years.

Ofsted’s director of corporate strategy, Luke Tryl, said: “What we can’t tell is if the levels of education in those schools judged outstanding ten years ago are the same or whether it has changed to become middling, or mediocre or coasting.”

When questioned by reporters whether he was admitting that some “outstanding schools aren’t really outstanding”, he replied: “Yes.”

In its parliamentary report, the public accounts committee stated: “As a result, some pupils go through the whole of primary and secondary school without any independent assessment of their school’s effectiveness.

“It is reasonable to assume that not all these schools remain at the same level of performance after so many years.”

Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb, sought to reassure MPs, telling the committee: “Ofsted assesses and looks at triggers that will cause an inspection to happen, even if [a school is] judged as ‘outstanding’ and is exempt from inspection, for example if the results of a school fall or if there are complaints received from parents or if there are safeguarding concerns.

“All those are triggers which will cause an inspection to happen even in an ‘outstanding’ school, so [you] can be confident that a school that is judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ is ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

“We are considering the public accounts committee’s recent recommendation that we review the exemption, and will be responding formally to this.”

MPs call for Ofsted change as ‘outstanding’ schools are left uninspected for a decade

MPs call for Ofsted change as ‘outstanding’ schools are left uninspected for a decade
MPs call for Ofsted change as ‘outstanding’ schools are left uninspected for a decade

MPs call for Ofsted change as ‘outstanding’ schools are left uninspected for a decade