Briefing: Ofsted inspection of schools – NAO

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
July 12, 2018
Martin Rogers
Issues Covered
  • Accountability with the school system - review
  • Improving parental engagement in school inspections
  • Public reporting of Ofsted activity
  • Recruitment and retention of Ofsted inspectors
Children's services and education, Devolution, Democracy, Scrutiny and Governance
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The National Audit Office (NAO) has reported on Ofsted inspection of schools finding that ‘Ofsted cannot demonstrate that its inspection of schools represents value for money’. Recommendations cover: public reporting on how well Ofsted is meeting its targets; better parental engagement; and recruitment and retention of inspectors. DfE is recommended to work with Ofsted to set out clearly and communicate the different roles of those involved in overseeing schools and should differentiate the roles of Ofsted and the regional schools commissioners.

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