Exclusive: Call to push back January inspections comes as prime minister says latest Covid-19 curbs may last for six months. Here are some warnings signs, The government has Covid catch-up classes all wrong. Ofsted is responsible for inspecting a range of educational institutions, including state schools and some independent schools. The current goal is to resume the full inspection regime in January 2021, but Ofsted and the Department for … So, we have to question whether the resumption of routine Ofsted inspections in January is really the most important thing at the moment. Square Check Ofsted's COVID-19 updates to see how inspections and reports are affected. ", It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you, John Roberts is North of England reporter for Tes, A one-stop shop for teachers who want to know what impact the ongoing pandemic will have on their working lives, The regulator had previously come under fire for refusing to reveal the number of appeals over this summer's grades, Tes survey reveals the extent of Covid behaviour breaches – as union says it will take time for new rules to bed in, Education charity achieved an 'unprecedented uplift in school retention and learning among marginalised girls', Apprentices must not be used to undercut wages post-Covid – give them proper pay and quality training, say experts, As the novelty of coming back to school wears off, anxiety in young learners may increase. He told MPs that "once again, we are asking office workers who can work from home to do so" and said these restrictions could last for six months. Half-term national lockdown proposed by Sage scientists, Exclusive: Ofsted inspectors fear new visits won't work, Exclusive: Stop Ofsted for a year or more, say teachers, Exclusive: Ofsted won’t check schools on Covid safety. once again, we are asking office workers who can work from home to do so" and. Deferring Ofsted inspections; HMCI commentary: Our plans for the autumn; Education plans from September 2020; Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF) … But he also said that this was not a return to full lockdown and that the government will ensure schools stay open. Mr Barton has spoken out after a national government press conference yesterday in which Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer and Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser, warned that the virus was now doubling around every seven days. And he told Tes that Ofsted inspectors going from school to school at time when there were concerns about the spread of the virus "did not seem like a great idea". Mr Barton said: “Given the dire health warnings over the rate of coronavirus transmission and the prospects for the weeks and months ahead, the idea of Ofsted resuming routine inspections in January looks increasingly shaky. registered in England (Company No 02017289) with its registered office at 26 Red Lion Mr Barton has spoken out after a national government press conference yesterday in which Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer and Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser, warned that the virus was now doubling around every seven days. Our feeling is that they should probably be postponed to a later date when circumstances improve. This website and its content is subject to our Terms and Find an inspection report You can find reports for schools, colleges, childminders, nurseries, children’s homes and more in England.