As you know outstanding schools are exempt from routine inspections. There has been a great deal of debate on whether this exemption should be removed. Today (10th Jan 2020) Department for Education (DfE) launched a consultation into the removal of this exemption. DfE is seeking views from
- Head teachers, teachers and governing boards in maintained nursery schools,
maintained schools and academy trusts, including nursery schools, infant
schools or first schools, middle schools, junior schools, special schools, Pupil
Referral Units (PRUs), studio schools, UTCs, City Technology Colleges, City
Colleges for the Technology of the Arts and free schools.
- Principals/ CEOs, their staff and those responsible for governance in General FE
colleges, Sixth Form colleges, designated institutions, 16 – 19 academies,
independent learning providers (including employer providers), not for profit
providers, independent specialist colleges, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
delivering FE or apprenticeships and local authority providers.
- Local authoritie
- Dioceses and other religious authorities
- Any other interested individuals or organisations
The consultation will close at 5:00 pm on 24th Feb 2020. You can read about the consultation here . You can respond online using this link. If, for exceptional reasons, you cannot respond online then you can do so by post or by email (details in the pdf linked above). The response will be published in spring.
This is your chance to make your views known about this so please do respond to the consultation and encourage others to do so too.