New Inspection Arrangements for Local Authority Children’s Services

Ofsted has just published details of new inspection arrangements for children’s services, which will start next year. It says “The new approach is more proportionate, risk-based and flexible than before, allowing Ofsted to prioritise inspection where it is most needed.” It comprises:

  • short inspections – local authorities previously judged to be good or better will receive a 1 week ‘short’ inspection every 3 years
  • standard inspections – those judged ‘requires improvement to be good’ will receive a 2 week ‘standard’ inspection every 3 years
  • monitoring – local authorities judged to be inadequate will receive quarterly monitoring visits, followed by an inspection under the single inspection framework (SIF)
  • focused visits – local authorities that require improvement and those that are good or outstanding will receive at least one focused visit between their short or standard inspection.