No-notice inspections may not go ahead
Michael Gove has indicated that the introduction of no-notice inspections may not go ahead.
Last January Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw announced proposals to introduce no-notice inspections, saying this would ensure that inspectors saw schools 'as they really are'. But Michael Gove told the NAHT conference this weekend that the plans, which are currently subject to consultation, would not necessarily go ahead.
Mr Gove said he was concerned that talk of no-notice inspections could suggest that the government 'doesn't trust the profession', adding: 'Teachers and heads deserve to have the chance to know when an Ofsted inspection is coming and to be there in order to present the best face of the school.'
Any changes to the way inspections are announced would 'combine efficiency of the inspection regime with fairness to schools', he said.
There is still a need for everyone working in schools to ensure that they are prepared for inspection at all times. Ofsted teams will focus on those pupils who are not making the expected progress, so it is particularly important for SENCOs to be ready for their visit. Click here for a SENCO's guide to preparing for inspection.