Ofsted handbook update April 2021

27 Apr 2021

The updated Ofsted handbook has a helpful summary of key changes and a new section on ‘Inspection during the COVID-19 pandemic’ has been included. This covers:

  • preparation and planning
  • curriculum
  • remote education
  • external data
  • leadership
  • safeguarding and attendance
  • personal development
  • remote elements of the inspection
  • disapplication and modifications of the early years foundation stage (EYFS).

The updated handbook also clarifies that the clerk to the governing board may attend the final feedback meeting to take notes.

Pupil premium and catch-up funding

Inspectors will gather evidence about the use of the pupil premium and catch-up funding, particularly regarding:

  • the level of funding received by the school in the current academic year and levels of pupil premium funding received in previous academic years;
  • how leaders and Governors have spent the funding, their rationale for this spending and its intended impact; and
  • the learning and progress of disadvantaged pupils, as shown by published outcomes data.

Ofsted will continue to prioritise inspections of all schools where significant concerns are raised (such as safeguarding), when necessary.

Unless significant concerns are raised, Ofsted will not inspect secondary schools in the first half of the summer term. This will allow staff to focus on assigning and submitting teacher-assessed grades for year 11 and 13 pupils. Secondary schools will be included in inspection schedules from the 21 June.

Under Ofsted’s plans, most schools will not receive an inspection until the programme of routine inspections restarts in September 2021.

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Last updated: 27 Apr 2021

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