Hundreds of Outstanding Schools Reinspected After Exemption is Lifted
A significant number of state schools in England have been downgraded after being reinspected by watchdog Ofsted for the first time in years.
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“The exemption was a policy founded on the hope that high standards, once achieved, would never drop, and that freedom from inspection might drive them even higher. These outcomes show that removing a school from scrutiny does not make it better.”
Ofsted has said it will inspect all previously exempt schools by the end of July 2025.
Encouragingly, the data also shows that 88% of schools are now rated good or outstanding, up from 68% in 2010. However, the previous inspection black hole underscores the need for parents to look beyond an Ofsted rating when selecting a school for their child.