Following public consultation Ofsted has confirmed significant changes to the education inspection regime from September 2015.
Ofsted will inspect good schools, Further Education and skills providers, three-yearly. Inspections will be short, focusing on ensuring maintained standards; and that leaders have identified key areas of concern and have the capacity to address them. Outstanding schools remain exempt from routine inspection.
There will be a common approach to all education inspections to ensure greater consistency, with new handbooks for each remit reflecting the needs of different phases. Full inspections of every non-association independent school will be conducted by July 2018. Ofsted also plans a more rigorous recruitment and performance management regime for inspectors.
Look out for the new guidance in the summer.