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‘good’ is just good enough

5 September 2012

As schools open their doors again after the summer holidays to pupils, they will also be welcoming in another Ofsted inspection change. The new regime focuses on the quality of teaching.

From the new term all schools must be judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted to be good enough to educate children. This will be the minimum expected by the inspectors. The revised inspection arrangements will apply to all schools. The news has been met with mixed reactions; from fears of demoralisation to those who feel this will give schools the boost they need to ensure they continue to improve.

Along with revised arrangements, other Ofsted changes will apply from the new short notice of inspection to the use of ‘requires improvement.’ These measures are being introduced following the need for outstanding schools to also have outstanding teaching.

Time will tell whether this new Ofsted regime drives an increase in standards or indeed if it proves any more popular with schools than previous regimes.

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