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Evidence Summary: Inspection

Education Reform
14 June 2024 Karen Wespieser

Shaping the future of school inspection

Since 1992, Ofsted inspectors have visited schools, colleges, and other education establishments to grade them against a framework. Although the framework has undergone several updates, the inspection’s basic premise has stayed the same: inspectors visit the school, watch lessons, interview teachers and students, look at data, and then create a report with a graded judgement. The leadership of Ofsted changed in January 2024 when Sir Martyn Oliver became His Majesty’s Chief Inspector. Since taking up the post, Sir Oliver has launched ‘Ofsted Big Listen’ partly in response to scrutiny following the tragic death of headteacher Ruth Perry in January 2023.