Ofsted: Inspection of Outstanding Schools

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 2018.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham 12:00 am, 12th November 2018

What plans he has to introduce routine Ofsted inspections for outstanding schools; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

We are considering the Public Account Committee’s recent recommendation that we review the exemption and will respond formally in December. Ofsted assesses the risks in all schools, including outstanding schools, and has the power to inspect any school if it has concerns.

Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

What confidence can parents in my constituency and others have in the Minister’s claim that 86% of schools are either outstanding or good when many have not been inspected for six years and some for as long as 11?

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Ofsted assesses the triggers that will cause an inspection to happen even where a school is judged as outstanding and exempt from inspection—for example, if a school’s results fall, complaints are received from parents or there are safeguarding concerns. All those are triggers that will cause an inspection to happen even in an outstanding school. The hon. Gentleman can be confident, therefore, that a school that is judged good or outstanding is good or outstanding.