The government have announced their intention to commission snap Ofsted inspections. The move comes in response to the allegations of extremism in a number of secondary schools.
David Cameron explained that he felt that the issue demanded a ‘robust response’ as ‘protecting children is one of the first duties of the government’. Under the new proposals, Ofsted would still give notice on many inspections, but they would have the power to make a no-notice inspection at any school, at any time. Currently, only schools with an ‘inadequate’ behaviour rating face snap inspections and the standard notice period for an Ofsted inspection is half a day.
The Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has said that he called for unannounced inspections two years ago, and that he is pleased that the proposal will now be implemented.